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Ferante Imperato (1550-1625), an Italian apothecary and author of Dell'historia naturale, a catalogue divided into 28 books relating to mining, alchemy, animals and vegetable specimens, also formed one of Europe’s first museums (‘Museo’) in Naples of natural history specimens, which was continued by his son Francesco Imperato. The genus Imperata in the Poaceae was published in 1792 by Italian naturalist and physician Domenico Maria Leone Cirillo. (CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names, Antiquariaat Junk Natural History Booksellers)
William Henry Irby (1750-1830, 2nd son of William Irby, 1st baron Boston) who had a "valuable and extensive collection" of rare plants, commemorated with Erica irbyana. (David Hollombe, pers. comm.)
Ixion, a Thessalian king of the Lapiths, on whom Zeus (Jupiter) had taken pity and purified from a madness brought on by a crime. Ixion then fell in love with Hera (Juno) and tried to rape her. As a result of Ixion's ingratitude, Zeus shaped a cloud which resembled the goddess and Ixion lay with this phantom, which bore him a son, Centaurus, the father of the Centaurs. In view of this new sacrilege, Zeus decided to punish Ixion: he fastened him to a burning wheel which rotated continuously; Zeus also gave him a draught of magic liquor which made him immortal, so Ixion had to suffer his punishment with no hope of it ever ending.