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Botanizing rulers and their herbal subjects: Plants and political power in Greek and Roman literature

Totelin, Laurence Marie Victoria 2012. Botanizing rulers and their herbal subjects: Plants and political power in Greek and Roman literature. Phoenix LXVI (1-2) , pp. 122-144.

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Abstract

This paper argues that plants are sometimes made to play the role of “biographical objects” in Greek and Roman texts. The stories linking plants and three rulers (Attalus iii, Mithradates vi, and Juba ii) suggest that the rhetoric of power associated with the Greek or oriental practice of botany was only progressively accepted by the Romans. [Cet article montre que les plantes jouent parfois le rôle "d'objets bibliographiques" dans les textes grecs et romains. Les histoires qui lient des plantes et trois rois (Attale iii, Mithridate vi et Juba ii) suggèrent que la rhétorique du pouvoir associée à la pratique grecque ou orientale de la botanique ne fut que progressivement acceptée par les romains.]

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: Classical Association of Canada
ISSN: 0031-8299
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28593

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