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Here is some historical background about the Mandrake Root for your prop makers, especially book fans. The earliest known written record being by Dioscrides circa 60 CE, although some claim that Homer mentions it under another name http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539425/ Wikimedia commons has some nice pages from medieval books about Mandrake roots https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mandrake_%28mythological_plant%29 If you want more images of this type from the middle ages, just image Google Medicina Antiqua Codex Vindobonensis 93 which is a 13th century book with profuse illustrations. Of interest is the earlier, Vienna Dioscurides of the 6th century vintage, but with tamer illustrations. It’s a much later version of the aforementioned Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Dioscurides http://www.newsfinder.org/site/more/mandragora_officinarum/ http://www.academia.edu/382037/The_Mandrake_Plant_and_Its_Legend
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