Just for amusement’s sake, here’s a clip of that scene from Harry Potter where the kids repot a mandrake:
Interestingly enough, everything in that clip is taken from ancient lore surrounding mandrakes: The creepy root-face; the screaming; the deadly effects of said screaming. Probably best to have noise-cancelling headphones (Professor Sprout is on it).
Pliny the Elder’s Natural History came in handy here:
We have Plato’s Phaedo to thank for Socrates’ death:
Dioscurides’ De Materia Medica (Lily Y. Beck translation) was also very useful:
Also Plutarch’s Life of Antony (John Dryden translation):
The Arthashastra (R. Shamasastry translation) gave us info on the Visha Kanya:
Not to mention the Secretum Secretorum for fake news about Alexander the Great and Aristotle:
We also relied on Kaushik Roy’s book India’s Historic Battles: From Alexander the Great to Kargil:
Livy’s History of Rome also gets a shout-out:
History of Ancient India: Earliest Times to 1200 AD by Radhey Shyam Chaurasia came in handy:
Tacitus’ Annals was helpful for the death of Britannicus:
We also used The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine by Steven Miles and Steven H. Miles:
And, of course, none of this would be possible without Cassius Dio:
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