Ancient Herbs

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-03-26
  • Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Pubns
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The forty plants in this book present both herbs and other plants that were important for culinary, medicinal, and cult purposes in classical antiquity. Thus 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 nineteenth-century botanical publications, which often show the plants at various stages of growth, from seeds through ripe fruits.

Author Biography

Marina Heilmeyer has long been associated with the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin. She has organized several garden-related exhibitions and is the author of a number of books on flowers and fruits.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Ancient Herbs
Absinthe: Artemisia absinthiump. 18
Anise: Pimpinella anisump. 20
Asaferida: Ferula assa-foetidap. 22
Basil: Ocimum basilicump. 24
Bay Laurel: Laurus nobilisp. 26
Bee Balm: Melissa officinalisp. 28
Caraway: Carum carvip. 30
Celery: Apium graveolensp. 32
Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobile = Anthemis nobilisp. 34
Chicory: Cichorium intybusp. 36
Clover: Melilotus officinalisp. 38
Coriander: Coriandrum sativump. 40
Cretan Dittany: Origanum dictamnusp. 42
Cumin: Cuminum cyminump. 44
Dill and Fennel: Anethum graveolens and Foeniculum vulgarep. 46
Elecampane: Inula heleniump. 48
Fenugreek: Trigonella foenum-graecump. 50
Garlic and Onion: Allium sativum and Allium cepap. 52
Hollyhock: Alcea roseap. 54
Horehound: Marrubium vulgarep. 56
Hyssop: Hysoppus officinalisp. 58
Iris: Iris x germanica var. florentinap. 60
Juniper: Juniperus communisp. 62
Lovage: Levisticum officinalep. 64
Marjoram: Origanum majoranap. 66
Mugwort: Artemisia vulgarisp. 68
Mustard: Sinapis albap. 70
Myrtle: Myrtus communisp. 72
Olive: Olea europaeap. 74
Parsley: Petrosdinum crispump. 76
Pennyroyal: Mentha pulegiump. 78
Pomegranate: Punica granatump. 80
Poppy: Papaver somniferump. 82
Rose: Rosa gallicap. 84
Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalisp. 86
Rue: Ruta graveolensp. 88
Sage: Salvia officinalisp. 90
Spearmint: Mentha spicatap. 92
St.-John's-wort: Hypericum perforatump. 94
Thyme: Thymus vulgaris and Thymus serpyllump. 96
Acknowledgmentsp. 98
A Note on Illustrationsp. 99
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 100
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