Byzantine Garden Culture

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Individual essays discuss Byzantine conceptions of paradise, the textual evidence for monastic horticulture, animal and game parks, herbs in medicinal pharmacy, and the famous illustrated copy of Dioskorides's herbal manual in Vienna. An opening chapter explores questions and observations from the point of view of a non-Byzantine garden historian, and the closing chapter suggests possible directions for future scholarship in the field.
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Overview

Individual essays discuss Byzantine conceptions of paradise, the textual evidence for monastic horticulture, animal and game parks, herbs in medicinal pharmacy, and the famous illustrated copy of Dioskorides's herbal manual in Vienna. An opening chapter explores questions and observations from the point of view of a non-Byzantine garden historian, and the closing chapter suggests possible directions for future scholarship in the field.
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Only in the last decade has much serious attention been paid to the Byzantine garden, so indirect is the mass of information, both in literature and the visual arts, that is available for scholars. Byzantine Garden Culture, based on papers delivered at a colloquium at Dumbarton Oaks, is the first book devoted to the subject.
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Presents the revised versions of papers delivered at a colloquium of the same name held at Dumbarton Oaks in November 1996. The volume's 11 chapters cover such topics as scholarship on Byzantine gardens; Theodore Hyrtakenos' and the Ekphrasis of gardens; and herbs in the field and garden in Byzantine medicinal pharmacy. Nicely-reproduced b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University

Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn is Professor at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
The Study of Byzantine Gardens: Some Questions and Observations from a Garden Historian 1
The Scholarship of Byzantine Gardens 13
Paradise Withdrawn 23
Byzantine Monastic Horticulture: The Textual Evidence 37
Wild Animals in the Byzantine Park 69
Byzantine Gardens and Horticulture in the Late Byzantine Period, 1204-1453: The Secular Sources 87
Theodore Hyrtakenos' Description of the Garden of St. Anna and the Ekphrasis of Gardens 105
[actual symbol not reproducible]: Garden Making and Garden Culture in the Geoponika 159
Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy 177
The Vienna Dioskorides and Anicia Juliana 189
Possible Future Directions 215
Bibliography 231
General Index 237
Index of Greek Words 260
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