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Earthly Paradises: Ancient Gardens in History and Archaeology
Maureen Carroll (au)
The cultivation of gardens played an integral role in the public, private and economic spheres of the ancient world. They were grown as sources of food, symbols of wealth and prestige, or as dwellings for the gods. This beautifully illustrated book examines evidence for gardens from the 2nd millennium BC to the middle of the 1st millennium AD in the cultures of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Italy and the Roman Empire. Explores themes such as house gardens, orchards and parks, sacred gardens and cemetery gardens, and gardens in ancient poetry. Discusses ancient horticultural practices and the role of gardeners. Looks at the survival of ancient gardening traditions in the Islamic and Byzantine worlds. Full-color illustrations.
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