Camphor in a Medieval Greek Sinbad Story

Fig. 1 — A map showing the location of modern-day Malatya, old Melitene, where Michael Andreopoulos appears to have lived and worked in the late eleventh century.
Fig. 2 — Syntipas: not the same as this guy. (This is Sindbad, here next to the Roc, as he appears in the 1936 Fleischer animated film “Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor”, which you can watch in full here.)

Camphor

Fig. 3 — A Sumatran camphor tree (Dryobalanops aromatica). Wikimedia Commons, user: Heriyanto harepa.

Camphor in the Byzantine ‘Sinbad’

Fig. 4— Sandalwood— Middle Persian “čandal”čndl⟩ (MacKenzie 1971:21 sub čandal) — in Anklesaria’s facsimile of TD2, a sixteenth-century manuscript of the Greater Bundahišn (1908:118, line 6). (At least I think that’s what it says. I’m not so familiar with Pahlavi. If you read something different here, do let me know.)
Fig. 5 —The word “candana” ‘sandalwood’ in the sole surviving manuscript of “Bujangga Manik” (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Jav. b.3. (R), f.8r (f.7v in the erroneous foliation on the Bodleian site), near the end of the third line. I’ve marked it up so you can get an idea of what’s happening.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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