Garden Lore of Ancient Athens

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Author  Dorothy B. Thompson
Publisher  American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Publication Date   March 18, 2013
ISBN  0876616082
Pages  32

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In the spring, the ground of the Agora archaeological park is covered in poppies and daisies while poplars and oaks shade many of the pathways. Some of these plants are wild and some were deliberately introduced to Athens in classical times. This booklet presents evidence for ancient horticulture in the Agora (for example, structured antique gardens were uncovered around the Temple of Hephaistos). Its color plates also provide a useful guide to identifying modern Greek vegetation.

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