5. Plants, Prayers, and Power

The Story of the First Mediterranean Gardens

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Jo Day PhD research fellow

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch5

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Day, J. (2010) Plants, Prayers, and Power, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • flower power;
  • plants, prayers and power - The Story of the First Mediterranean Gardens;
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world;
  • gardens, not simply places to spend time - but with more symbolic roles in society;
  • ancient gardens, combination of archeological and textual evidence - earliest gardens of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Crete;
  • planting patterns, soil changes and root cavities - in the work of Jashemski at Pompeii;
  • engineering feats, creating terraced gardens - on artificial hill with water supply;
  • semi-mythical gardens - tradition of garden and park creation by Eastern rulers;
  • carved stone relief of Ashurbanipal and his queen in the garden - underlining statements of power;
  • ritual use of gardens - essentiality in Egyptian religion


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  • Notes