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The Greek doctor Dioscorides named aglaophotis as a member of the peony family, Paeoniaceae. It has been speculated that the species Paeonia officinalis, or the European peony, is the source of aglaophotis, but there is little evidence for this theory to be proved.
According to Dioscorides, peony is used for warding off demons, witchcraft, and fever. This is at odds with the presentation in the Necronomicon, in which it is used to call upon dark forces.
In popular culture
- Frazer, Sir James George (1919). Folk-lore in the Old Testament: Studies in Comparative Religion, Legend and Law, Volume 2. Macmillan and Company. p. 389.
- Rahner, Hugo (1963). Greek Myths and Christian Mystery. London: Burns & Oates. p. 243.