Standard edition, taken as a reference text for the digitisation:
Antonii Musae De herba uettonica liber, Pseudoapulei Herbarius, Anonymi De taxone liber, Sexti Placiti Liber medicinae ex animalibus etc., edd. E. Howald, H. E. Sigerist, Leipzig-Berlin, 1927 (Corpus medicorum latinorum, 4).
The pseudepigraphic treatise De herba uettonica is a book of prescriptions on the therapeutic properties of this herb, written probably in the 4th century AD. The work is transmitted as part of a corpus of medical texts that also includes Pseudo-Apuleius’ Herbarius, the anonymous treatise De taxone, and Sextus Placitus’ Liber medicinae ex animalibus pecoribus et bestiis uel auibus. In the Howald and Sigerist stemma of the manuscripts transmitting the corpus, the β-family attributes De herba uettonica to Antonius Musa, the physician of Augustus. A number of other short late-antique works and fragments on medicine are also spuriously attributed to Antonius Musa.
The works begins with a prefatory letter from Antonius Musa to Marcus Agrippa. In the 47 paragraphs of the main text, the author describes the therapeutic properties of the herba uettonica, following the usual presentation of pathologies a capite ad calcem. The text ends with a list of the different names under which this herb was known, and a hiatromagic praecatio addressed to the herba uettonica itself. [D. Paniagua; tr. L. Battezzato]