The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Gardening in the Ancient World

Greek Cemetery Gardens

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30.The cemeteries of the Greeks may be reckoned among their public gardens. The Athenian Ceramicus, the burial-place which received those who had lived and died in the service of their country, was ornamented with trees and sculptures, in such a manner as to make it a pleasant resort for all who wished to borrow inspiration to noble deeds. Groves, gardens, and the sides of public roads, were also chosen as the places of sepulture for eminent men.