DUMBARTON OAKS RESEARCH LIBRARY AND COLLECTION
Cover: Byzantine Garden Culture, from Harvard University PressCover: Byzantine Garden Culture in PAPERBACK

Byzantine Garden Culture

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$30.00 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780884022800

Publication: January 2002

Available 01/27/2017

Short

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.

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.