Book Reviews of Ancient Herbs in the J. Paul Getty Museum Gardens

Ancient Herbs in the J. Paul Getty Museum Gardens
Ancient Herbs in the J Paul Getty Museum Gardens
Author: Jeanne D'Andrea
ISBN-13: 9780892360352
ISBN-10: 0892360356
Publication Date: 11/30/1981
Pages: 96
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Publisher: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum
Book Type: Paperback
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Ancient Herbs presents the forty most important plants used for culinary, medicinal, and religious purposes in classical antiquity. Olive and pomegranate, myrtle and rose join coriander and marjoram, garlic and thyme. In the introduction, the author draws on her extensive knowledge of ancient practices to paint an intriguing image of the uses of and myths about plants from Greek and particularly Roman kitchen gardens. Quotes from classical authors testify to ancient practices, some curious, some still standard today.

The delightful illustrations reproduce drawings from early 19th-century botanical publications, which often show the plants at various stages of growth, from seeds through ripe fruits. The book contains poetry, full color illustrations, and pencil drawings.