Wednesday, September 25, 2013


How to Calm Anxiety

Pliny the Elder, Natural History 28.5.25 (tr. W.H.S. Jones):
Some people, to calm mental anxiety, carry saliva with the finger to behind the ear.

alius saliva post aurem digito relata sollicitudinem animi propitiat.
See Frank W. Nicolson, "The Saliva Superstition in Classical Literature," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 8 (1897) 23-40 (this remedy on p. 33).

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