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Musa (genus)

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Musa, the plant group which includes the banana, the plantain and numerous other species, was apparently named after him.
Some sources assert that Musa is named for Antonius Musa, physician to the Emperor Augustus.

Banana

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Musa, the plant group which includes the banana, the plantain and numerous other species, was apparently named after him.
The name may be derived from Antonius Musa, physician to the Emperor Augustus, or Linnaeus may have adapted the Arabic word for banana, mauz.

Euphorbia

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Musa's brother was Euphorbus, physician to king Juba II of Numidia, after whom the plant Euphorbia, which has given its name to a scientific genus, was originally named.
In 12 BC, Juba named this plant after his physician Euphorbos, as Augustus Caesar had dedicated a statue to the brother of Euphorbos, Antonius Musa, who was the personal physician of Augustus.

Juba II

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Musa's brother was Euphorbus, physician to king Juba II of Numidia, after whom the plant Euphorbia, which has given its name to a scientific genus, was originally named.
In 12 BC, Juba named this plant Euphorbia after Euphorbus, in response to Augustus dedicating a statue to Antonius Musa, Augustus's own personal physician and Euphorbus' brother.

Greek language

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Antonius Musa (Greek Ἀντώνιος Μούσας) was a Greek botanist and the Roman Emperor Augustus's physician; Antonius was a freedman who received freeborn status along with other honours.

Botany

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Antonius Musa (Greek Ἀντώνιος Μούσας) was a Greek botanist and the Roman Emperor Augustus's physician; Antonius was a freedman who received freeborn status along with other honours.

Roman emperor

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Antonius Musa (Greek Ἀντώνιος Μούσας) was a Greek botanist and the Roman Emperor Augustus's physician; Antonius was a freedman who received freeborn status along with other honours.

Augustus (title)

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Antonius Musa (Greek Ἀντώνιος Μούσας) was a Greek botanist and the Roman Emperor Augustus's physician; Antonius was a freedman who received freeborn status along with other honours.

Freedman

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Antonius Musa (Greek Ἀντώνιος Μούσας) was a Greek botanist and the Roman Emperor Augustus's physician; Antonius was a freedman who received freeborn status along with other honours.

True plantains

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Musa, the plant group which includes the banana, the plantain and numerous other species, was apparently named after him.

The Canon of Medicine

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Mauz meaning Musa is discussed in the 11th century Arabic encyclopedia The Canon of Medicine, which was translated to Latin in medieval times and well known in Europe.

Euphorbus (physician)

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Musa's brother was Euphorbus, physician to king Juba II of Numidia, after whom the plant Euphorbia, which has given its name to a scientific genus, was originally named.

Numidia

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Musa's brother was Euphorbus, physician to king Juba II of Numidia, after whom the plant Euphorbia, which has given its name to a scientific genus, was originally named.

Theodorus Priscianus

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It seems to have been a source for the Roman medical writer Theodorus Priscianus.

Francis Atterbury

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According to Francis Atterbury, the character Iapis in Virgil's Aeneid represents Musa while Aeneas represents Augustus.

Iapyx

According to Francis Atterbury, the character Iapis in Virgil's Aeneid represents Musa while Aeneas represents Augustus.

Virgil

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According to Francis Atterbury, the character Iapis in Virgil's Aeneid represents Musa while Aeneas represents Augustus.

Aeneid

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According to Francis Atterbury, the character Iapis in Virgil's Aeneid represents Musa while Aeneas represents Augustus.

Aeneas

Æneas aeneusAeneas of Troy
According to Francis Atterbury, the character Iapis in Virgil's Aeneid represents Musa while Aeneas represents Augustus.

Pliny the Elder

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Pliny the Elder, Natural History 19.38, 25.38; online text at the Perseus Project.

Natural History (Pliny)

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Pliny the Elder, Natural History 19.38, 25.38; online text at the Perseus Project.

Perseus Project

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Pliny the Elder, Natural History 19.38, 25.38; online text at the Perseus Project.

Suetonius

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Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars Augustus 58, 79; online text at the Perseus Project.

The Twelve Caesars

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Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars Augustus 58, 79; online text at the Perseus Project.

Cassius Dio

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Cassius Dio, Roman History 53.30.3-6; online text in Greek at the Perseus Project.