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    DescriptionThis is a fascinating exploration of the role of the botanical in ancient Greek and Roman myth and classical literature. 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; apple and pomegranate, 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 colourful 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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    The Mythology of Plants
    Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Annette Giesecke
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 572 g
    ISBN 13: 9781606063217
    ISBN 10: 1606063219

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 581
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A13283500
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    B&T Approval Code: A62503000
    Abridged Dewey: 581
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 581
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP3, HRKP4
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    LC classification: QK83 .G54 2014
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    Thema V1.0: QRSL, QRSG
    Illustrations note
    47 full-colour illustrations
    Getty Trust Publications
    Imprint name
    J. Paul Getty Museum
    Publication date
    17 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Santa Monica CA
    Author Information
    Annette Giesecke is professor of classics at the University of Delaware.