The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome

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9781606063217: The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome

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 book’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 antiquity’s most colorful mythographer.
 
The volume’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 Ovid’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.

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About the Author:

Annette Giesecke is professor of classics at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome (Harvard University Press, 2007) as well as editor of and contributor to Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (Black Dog Publishing, 2012) and The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity, and the Garden (Artifice Books on Architecture, 2014).

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"In The Mythology of Plants, Annette Giesecke engages charmingly with a supreme source of fantasy, the 'botanical lore' from ancient Greece and Rome." Robin Lane Fox, The New York Review of Books

"Classics professor Annette Giesecke artfully reveals the legendary lust, blood, and vengeance behind ... common greenery in The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome.... [The book] as a whole will delight a variety of readers." Amanda McCorquodale, Foreword Reviews

"The Mythology of Plants is beautifully crafted to allow access to the myths associated with plants that are generally mired in encyclopaedic collections or missing altogether from works anchored in heroes, fantastical voyages and beasts.... The illustrations from the ancient world, Renaissance and botanical art provide marvelous support for the text, or alternately you might choose to take a walk in Ovid's botanical garden." Stephen Forbes, The Adelaide Review

"This is a wonderful book that artfully weaves the relationship of myth and life through literature and art of the J. Paul Getty Museum." Amy M. Lewitz, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

"The whole book reflects quality in its literal and figurative sense: the paper, the images, the binding, everything comes across as valuable, and so is the content.... Dr. Giesecke manages to write for a wide audience, ranging from people interested in archaeology, classical literature to, of course, garden enthusiasts. Highly recommended!" UNRV History

“Annette Giesecke artfully reveals the legendary lust, blood, and vengeance behind . . . common greenery. . . . The Mythology of Plants as a whole will delight a variety of readers.”—Foreword Revies

"Here we read about the 'tragic origin' of the pale white narcissus, Persephone's fateful pomegranate, and are treated to a 'guided walk' through Ovid's garden where, among others, flourish crocus, heliotrope, violets, cypress, and frankincense--botanical story-telling at its best." David Wheeler, HORTUS

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