The Supplement to the Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

The Supplement to the Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...and Apelles, all things are perfect. He is, however, enumerated by Vitnivius among those artists who though of the greatest ability met with little substantial success in life. Stobaeus relates of Nicomachm that, hearing some one say that he saw no beauty in the Helen of Zeuxis, he observed--' Take my eyes, and you will see a goddess.' He had several scholars: Aristidcs, the celebrated painter, hi brother; Aristocles, his son; Philoxenus of Eretria; Nicophanes; and a certain Corybas. Philoxenus imitated Nicomachus in celerity. Nicophanes was notorious for licentious pictures. (Pliny, Hist. Nat. ixxv., 10, 36; 11, 40; Cicero, Brutvs, 18; Plutarch, Timol. 36; Vitruvius, iii. in praam.; Stobaeus, Sem. 61.; Junius, Cataloyus Artificum.) NIGELLA (from niger, black, because of the colour of the seeds), a genus of plants belonging to the natural order Ranunculacese. It has 5 coloured petal-like spreading sepals. The petals small, from 5 to 10, bilabiate, with a hollow nectariferous claw. The capsules more or less connected together, terminated by the elongated stylos opening in the inside, many-seeded. The leaves are capillary, multind, often surrounding the flowers like an involucre, and finely cut like fennel. The flowers arc solitary on the tops of the stems or branches. The species are erect annual smoothish herbs. N. saliva has ovate obtuse anthers, capsules muricated, united up to the very point into an ovate fruit, terminated by five erect styles; the stem erect and rather hairy; flowers naked. The seeds are angular, aromatic, subacid, and were formerly used instead of pepper; and have also been employed as carminatives. It is the MedvBiov of Hippocrates, 'Steril.' 675, and of Dioscorides, 3, 93; the Gilhex of Pliny, 20, 17. more

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