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Agrippina Junior, Augusta 50 - March 59 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
The Romans used poppy for cooking and medicinal purposes. For cooking, it was used mainly as a garnish or sprinkled on bread, perhaps also in desserts. Pliny sites the medicinal purpose: '..allow the poppy sap to thicken, roll it into pastilles and allow these to dry in the shade. It is a tranquilizer, but if you take too much, you will die in your sleep.' (N.H. XX-lxxvi)
RX28506. Bronze obol, Dattari 179; Milne 127; BMC Alexandria p. 14, 111 var. (year 12); Geissen -; SNG BnF -, Emmett 105 (R4), aF, Alexandria mint, weight 4.936g, maximum diameter 21.4mm, die axis 0o
, 52 - 53 A.D.; obverse AΓPIΠΠINA CEBACTH, bust of Agrippina right, as Demeter, wreathed with grain; reverse kalathos (modius) containing stalks of grain and poppy heads bound with flower wreath, flanked on each side by a flaming torch bound with fillet, L IΓ (year 13) in exergue; rare
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