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The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome Hardcover – April 15, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1606063217 ISBN-10: 1606063219 Edition: 1st

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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

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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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606063219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606063217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harry Eighmey on September 27, 2014
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Great informative book, done under the authority of the Getty. Images also from the Getty.
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By aidabadoo on November 21, 2014
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interesting~ know more about the plants and the correlated deities~
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