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Botanical Folklore: Plants in Myths and Legends
This is a one-time class on the myths, legends, and ancient histories dealing with flowers, herbs, and trees.
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85 minute class
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In this class, we will be covering folklore (legends, myths, ancient and regional histories) that involves plants, herbs, and trees. The stories we will be looking at are a collection of tales primarily from the Americas, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and the Mediterranean Region. Our stories will take place from ancient times through to the 1900s. The class is taught in a lecture and slideshow style with a seasonal progression from winter, to spring, summer, and finally fall. We...
This class is taught in English.
Students will improve their knowledge of plants mythology and have a basis for seasonal planting.
I am a historical researcher and teacher with an M.A. in Early European History. I've been teaching on medieval history and science for four years. Additionally, I have been giving lectures on folklore topics for six years.
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Ashliman, D.L. (2019) “Frau Holle” University of Pittsburgh.“Huld” Etymology The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook  A collection of 'Just So' tales from many lands. Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland. Lisa Schneidau. (2018) Children’s and Household Tales by the Grimm Brothers (1812) Natural History by Pliny the Elder [77 CE] Grimm Brothers (1812) Children’s and Household Tales. Motz, Lotte (1984) “The Winter Goddess: Percht, Holda, and related figures.” Folklore. 95 ii “Plant Folklore: Myths, Magic, and Superstition.” Gardener’s Path (gardenerspath.com) The Republic by Plato (375 BC) “The Myth of Er.”