The Mythology of Plants

The Mythology of Plants

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This engaging book focuses on the perennially fascinating topic of plants in Greek and Roman myth. The author, an authority on the gardens, art, and literature of the classical world, introduces the booka€™s main themes with a discussion of gods and heroes in ancient Greek and Roman gardens. The following chapters recount the everyday uses and broader cultural meaning of plants with particularly strong mythological associations. These include common garden plants such as narcissus and hyacinth; pomegranate and apple , which were potent symbols of fertility; and sources of precious incense including frankincense and myrrh. Following the sweeping botanical commentary are the myths themselves, told in the original voice of Ovid, classical antiquitya€™s most colorful mythographer. The volumea€™s interdisciplinary approach will appeal to a wide audience, ranging from readers interested in archaeology, classical literature, and ancient history to garden enthusiasts. With an original translation of selections from Ovida€™s Metamorphoses, an extensive bibliography, a useful glossary of names and places, and a rich selection of images including exquisite botanical illustrations, this book is unparalleled in scope and realization.Fabled island rich in incense and gems thought to lie in the Indian Ocean. Paphos. Along with Amathus, a town on the island ... Cast as a travel guide, the work provides a wealth of information regarding many now-lost sites, monuments , andanbsp;...

Title:The Mythology of Plants
Author:Annette Giesecke
Publisher:Getty Publications - 2014-04-01


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