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Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy

Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy



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Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy

Scarborough, John

Byzantine Garden Culture, (2002)

Abstract

Among scholarly studies of Byzantine gardens are a number that provide details about what plants were grown and why they were cultivated as a common practice. Yet little attention has been paid to the botanical and pharmacal particulars of Byzantine garden lore. Moreover, even less well known are the all-season plant gatherers of the Byzantine Empire, plant collectors who continually augmented the herbal drugs of the monasteries. By focusing on some aspects of the gathering of wild specimens, which were, in many ways, “taken for granted,” one receives a rather different picture of Byzantine botanical lore than if research depends solely on evidence drawn from gardens.


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