Naming of Names
The Naming of Names introduces the brilliant, passionate men of genius who dedicated centuries worth of exploration, study and thought to the search for order in the world of plants.
In this stunning work of historical detection, Anna Pavord, bestselling author of The Tulip, takes us on a thrilling adventure to unravel the story of the naming of plants: from Athens in the third century BC, to the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79; from Arab scholars in ninth century Baghdad to the Renaissance universities of Padua and Pisa; and from the Isle of Sheppey in 1629, to modern-day Kazakhstan and the Amerindian rainforest.
The left hand capture is from the manuscript oftenest known as the ‘Vienna Dioscorides’ This ‘is an illuminated Byzantine manuscript produced about AD 512 for Anicia Juliana, [Pavord calls the manuscript Juliana’s Book’] the daughter of Flavius Anicius Olybrius, who had been emperor of the western empire in AD 472.
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