Dig deep into our gardens and their plants to discover fantastical tales of myth and legend. Discover bizarre but sometimes true ancient beliefs and see the seeds of our garden design. We travel back, over 2,000 years and more, to Babylon, Ancient Greece and Rome to find the blossoming of our gardens today.
Gillian Hovell, an award winning writer and author, lectures with the British Museum, U3A, the National Trust and York University, specialising how the ancient world relates to our modern lives. She also eaches adult education courses in Latin, archaeology and ancient history. Publications include Visiting the Past: A guide to finding and understanding Britain’s Archaeology and Roman Britain.
Terracotta lekythos (oil flask)
Attributed to the Nikon Painter ca. 460–450 BCE
Description: Apollo with kithara (lyre) and palm tree. Leto was said to have given birth to Apollo beneath a date palm on the Cycladic island of Delos, the site of one of his most important sanctuaries.
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