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The gardens of Adonis; spices in Greek mythology

By: Detienne, Marcel
Material type: TextTextSeries: (Mythos; The Princeton/Bolligen Series in World Mythology)Princeton, NJ Princeton Univ. Press c1994Description: xli, 199p.; illus.; bibliog. notes; indexContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0-691-00104-9Subject(s): Plants (in religion, folklore, etc.) | Mythology, Greek--History and criticism | Adonis (Greek deity) | Demeter (Greek deity) | Persephone (Greek deity) | Animals--Folklore | Women, AncientLOC classification: BL 795.A7 D4713 1994
Contents:
Chapters:. 1.The perfumes of Arabia. 2. The spice ox. 3. From myrrh to lettuce. 4. The misfortunes of mint. 5. The seed of Adonis. 6. The lettuce of Pythagoras
Abstract: 'Challenging Frazer's view of Adonis, French classicist and structuralist Detienne explores the mythology and presents Adonis as a fruitless deity who died in a lettuce patch, and whose festival actually served for Greek women as a parody and negation of the institution of marriage.'
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Plants discussed: barley, beans, bread, cereals, cinnamon, corn, wheat, frankincense, fruits, garlic, grape, lettuce, mint, myrrh, myrtle, root, seed, spices, smells, wild plants, rue. Animals: dog, dung beetle (scarab), feathers, goat, hunting, meat, sheep, smoke, snake, wild boar, wryneck, phoenix

Pub. in France as Les jardins d'Adonis by Gallimard Edition c1972; Engl. trans. by Janet Lloyd. c1977 by Harvester Press, Ltd. Afterword to 1985 printing of French ed. is c1985 Gallimard with trans. by Froma I. Zeitlin for Princeton Univ. Press. Intro. by Jean-Pierre Vernant.

Chapters:. 1.The perfumes of Arabia. 2. The spice ox. 3. From myrrh to lettuce. 4. The misfortunes of mint. 5. The seed of Adonis. 6. The lettuce of Pythagoras

'Challenging Frazer's view of Adonis, French classicist and structuralist Detienne explores the mythology and presents Adonis as a fruitless deity who died in a lettuce patch, and whose festival actually served for Greek women as a parody and negation of the institution of marriage.'

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