Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

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Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of Plants

  • Author: Peter Bernhardt
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813542669
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 239
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Zeus, Medusa, Hercules, Aphrodite. Did you know that these and other dynamic deities, heroes, and monsters of Greek and Roman mythology live on in the names of trees and flowers? Some grow in your local woodlands or right in your own backyard garden. In this delightful book, botanist Peter Bernhardt reveals the rich history and mythology that underlie the origins of many scientific plant names. Unlike other books about botanical taxonomy that take the form of heavy and intimidating lexicons, Bernhardt's account comes together in a series of interlocking stories. Each chapter opens with a short version of a classical myth, then links the tale to plant names, showing how each plant "resembles" its mythological counterpart with regard to its history, anatomy, life cycle, and conservation. You will learn, for example, that as our garden acanthus wears nasty spines along its leaf margins, it is named for the nymph who scratched the face of Apollo. The shape-shifting god, Proteus, gives his name to a whole family of shrubs and trees that produce colorful flowering branches in an astonishing number of sizes and shapes. Amateur and professional gardeners, high school teachers and professors of biology, botanists and conservationists alike will appreciate this book's entertaining and informative entry to the otherwise daunting field of botanical names. Engaging, witty, and memorable, Gods and Goddesses in the Garden transcends the genre of natural history and makes taxonomy a topic equally at home in the classroom and at cocktail parties.

The Garden of Eden Myth

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The Garden of Eden Myth

The Garden of Eden Myth

Its Pre-Biblical Origin in Mesopotamian Myths

  • Author: Walter Mattfeld
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 0557885302
  • Category:
  • Page: 184
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Scholarly proposals are presented for the pre-biblical origin in Mesopotamian myths of the Garden of Eden story. Some Liberal PhD scholars (1854-2010) embracing an Anthropological viewpoint have proposed that the Hebrews have recast earlier motifs appearing in Mesopotamian myths. Eden's garden is understood to be a recast of the gods' city-gardens in the Sumerian Edin, the floodplain of Lower Mesopotamia. It is understood that the Hebrews in the book of Genesis are refuting the Mesopotamian account of why Man was created and his relationship with his Creators (the gods and goddesses). They deny that Man is a sinner and rebel because he was made in the image of gods and goddesses who were themselves sinners and rebels, who made man to be their agricultural slave to grow and harvest their food and feed it to them in temple sacrifices thereby ending the need of the gods to toil for their food in the city-gardens of Edin in ancient Sumer.

The Gardeners Dictionary

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The Gardeners Dictionary

The Gardeners Dictionary

Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, Flower Garden, and Nursery; as Also for Performing the Practical Parts of Agriculture ...

  • Author: Philip Miller
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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The Naming of the Shrew

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The Naming of the Shrew

The Naming of the Shrew

A Curious History of Latin Names

  • Author: John Wright
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408820358
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 303
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Latin names – frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel – have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus – 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.

Devil's Daughter

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Devil's Daughter

Devil's Daughter

  • Author: Catherine Coulter
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101209035
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Devilish romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Golden-haired hellion Arabella goes to Naples, Italy, to solve the mystery of her father's missing ships and cargo. But soon she discovers that the man behind the thievery is a man she can't resist.

God's Metaphor: Cancerous Thoughts, the Weeds in Your Garden

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God's Metaphor: Cancerous Thoughts, the Weeds in Your Garden

God's Metaphor: Cancerous Thoughts, the Weeds in Your Garden

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Cancerous Thoughts
  • ISBN: 907406602X
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London Review of English and Foreign Literature

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London Review of English and Foreign Literature

London Review of English and Foreign Literature

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Bibliography
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Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

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Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

  • Author: Karel van der Toorn,Bob Becking,Pieter Willem van der Horst
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780802824912
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 960
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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.

The Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons

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The Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons

The Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons

  • Author: Manfred Lurker
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 113429817X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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This dictionary covers, in one volume, over 1,800 of the most important deities and demons from around the world. From classical Greek and Roman mythology to the gods of Eastern Europe and Mesopotamia, from Nordic giants to Islamic jinns and Egyptian monsters, it is packed with descriptions of the figures most worshipped and feared around the world and across time. Fully cross-referenced and featuring two handy guides to the functions and attributes shared by those featured, this dictionary is the essential resource for anyone interested in comparative religion and the mythology of the ancient and contemporary worlds.

Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950

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Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950

Zinc Sculpture in America, 1850-1950

  • Author: Carol A. Grissom
  • Publisher: Associated University Presse
  • ISBN: 9780874130317
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 706
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Introduced in the United States as a new material for statuary in the mid-nineteenth century, zinc has properties that allowed replication at low cost. It was used to produce modestly priced serial sculpture displayed throughout the nation on fountains, public monuments, and war memorials. Imitative finishes created the illusion of more costly bronze, stone, or polychrome wood. This first comprehensive overview of American zinc sculpture is interdisciplinary, engaging aspects of art history, popular culture, local history, technology, and art conservation. Included is a generously illustrated catalogue presenting more than eight hundred statues organized by type: trade figures and Indians, gods and goddesses, fountain figures, animals, famous men, military figures, firemen, cemetery memorials, and religous subjects. The compilation of data on these statues will be valuable to scholars, filling the current void in research libraries. The author's experience as a conservator will also make the an essential resource for historic preservationists seeking to repair statues now damaged by years of outdoor exposure. This book has 555 illustrations, 354 of which are in color. Carol Grissom is Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute.