Gods and Goddesses in the Garden: Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of Plants

Gods and Goddesses in the Garden: Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of Plants

by Peter Bernhardt

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    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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813544724
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Bernhardt is a professor of botany at St. Louis University, a research associate at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and a fellow of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of several books, including The Rose's Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface: The Face in the Flower Acknowledgments Disclaimer Chapter 1. In the Cyclops's Orchard: The Why and How of Scientific Names 1. Inside the Herbarium 2. Enter the Linnaean System 3. Naming a New Species 4. Rafinesque, a Cautionary Tale 5. A Hierarchy Based on Sex 6. Sex Is Not Enough 7. Can You Subdivide a Species? 8. But What Is a Species? 9. A Curse on Your Synonyms Chapter 2. Constructing a Centaur: The Informative Art of Scientific Names 2.1 Classical Names 2.2 Descriptive Names 2.3 Geographic Names 2.4 Honorifics 2.5 Mythological and Literary Allusions 2.6 Lindley's Logic 2.7 Scientists Conceal Meanings in Classical Allusions 2.8 But What Were Those Rhizotomi Thinking? 2.9 Taxonomists Continue to Expand the Traditions of the Rhizotomi 2.10 But Is This a Book about Myths or a Book about Plants? 2.11 And What about Synonyms? Chapter 3. Mother Earth and Her Children 3.1 Earth's Origin and Night's Children 3.2 The Birth of the Titans 3.3 The Reign of Cronus 3.4 The Origin of Nymphs 3.5 Chaste or Constant Nymphs 3.6 Nymphs and Their Children 3.7 The First Centaurs Chapter 4. The Triumph of Zeus 4.1 The Birth of Zeus 4.2 The Childhood of Zeus 4.3 Zeus and the Titans' Daughters 4.4 The Muses 4.5 Zeus Defeats Atlas 4.6 Zeus and His Brothers Divide the Universe 4.7 The Kingdom of Hades 4.8 The Palace of Olympus 4.9 Battles on Olympus 4.10 Zeus and the First Woman Chapter 5. The Gods of Olympus 5.1 Divine Messengers 5.2 Zeus and His Sisters 5.3 The Wedding of Zeus and Hera 5.4 Leto's Children 5.5 Apollo and the Gods of Medicine 5.6 Hera and Her Mortal Rivals 5.7 The Deification of Dionysus 5.8 The Many Names of the Love Goddess 5.9 The Household of Aphrodite 5.10 Helios and His Sisters 5.11 The Sun's Sorrows 5.12 Divine Vengeance Chapter 6. Mortal Monarchs and Monsters 6.1 The First Kings 6.2 Preferred Princes 6.3 Aphrodite and Adonis 6.4 Meleager and the Fates 6.5 Prince Perseus 6.6 The Deeds of Perseus 6.7 The Conception, Birth, and Youth of Heracles 6.8 The Labors of Heracles 6.9 The Cloud Woman 6.10 Jason and the Argonauts Chapter 7. Troy and Its Aftermath 7.1 The Origin and Growth of Troy 7.2 The Judgment of Paris 7.3 The Trojan War 7.4 Kings Return to Greece 7.5 The Interrupted Voyage of Odysseus 7.6 Odysseus and the Women 7.7 Nestor and His Mother Epilogue. A Plant for Persephone? Glossary Selected and Annotated Bibliography Index

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