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.'