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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4303

Title: The Aegean garden
Authors: Shaw, Maria C.
Keywords: GARDENS -- HistoryART
Aegean -- Social aspects
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Archaeological Institute of America (Boston)
Citation: "The Aegean Garden," American Journal of Archaeology 97 (1993), pp.661-685.
Abstract: Abstract: In this paper I attempt to identify possible gardens, as opposed to natural landscapes, in Aegean artistic depictions, Scenes of nature occur in various media, but most extensively in frescoes. The Aegean garden remains elusive in art because of the artists' tendency to render plants and floral settings in idealized and fantastic ways. An exception is a possible formal garden depicted in the well-known floral fresco from the Minoan villa at Amnisos. Generally, however, the Aegean garden must have consisted of a natural landscape that was modified only in limited and subtle ways, through cultivation and other means. Important in the search for clues for such modifications are representations of cultivable types of flora, and activities in which people and animals interact with floral settings. It is suggested here that a Minoan garden may have existed in the east wing of the palace at Phaistos. This is a rocky outcrop with fissures and holes that may have been planted with flowers. As can be seen from a newly made topographical plan, the rock was trimmed with tools and incorporated in the architectural plan of that area of the palace.
Description: 25 p. : ill. - This article has been scanned and reformatted by the T-Space Assistant. If a researcher is interested in referencing this work, it is recommended that the citation listed above be consulted, as the page numbers of the PDF file do not match those of the original publication
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4303
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