Garden Lore of Ancient Athens (American School of Classical Studies)
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“Excavations of the Athenian Agora” Picture Book No. 8
Prepared by Dorothy Butt Thompson w. Ralph E. Griswold.
58 illustrations (colour & b/w).
Published as a kind of educational pamphlet by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, this small book is a rather special project in the confluence of history, myth, legacy, and that place we associate with the origin of Western arts and civilizations. Athens is a landscape of psychic and archaeological traces, ruins and fragments from the ancient world that instruct us in the development of human inspiration and meaning. With reproductions from classic collections of pottery and mosaics, photographs of historic sites, and a colour index of flora and the natural world set between sections like “Poetic Weeds,” “The Garden of Hephaistos,” and focus on “The Olive” or “The Palm,” Sophocles’ famous introduction, “Stranger, you have reached a famous land [...]” reveals itself as it still remains to flower, implying a continuity to the classical world more immediate and familiar than usually thought.