Herbs & Garlands

The most famous ancient writer on plants is Theophrastus of Eresus, the so-called father of botany (his work shows that he was really the student of many longstanding traditions, but that is beside the point). But my interest is not in his work so much as in those many writings from antiquity that connect plant life to the gods and ritual observances, both in picking herbs and in using them. Theophrastus might have wished to ban such things from cultured writing, but posterity did not follow him in this point.

Herbal lore can be subdivided into two main parts: