In the first sequences of Lina Selander´s new film a story is told about the ancient, now extinct, plant silphium. The plant grew on the coast outside the North African town Cyrene—a settlement of Greeks from the overpopulated island of Thera in 630 BC—which became the main town in the Greek colony, situated in today´s Libya. The plant was famous for its medical usage (it was used as a contraceptive and abortifacient) and for its richness in flavour, which made it the base of the colony’s export. Its importance for the economic wealth was so crucial that the image of silphium was imprinted on the coins.
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