3 Lecture 22 In the Islamic Persia, garden images are present in the earliest surviving poetry. ...I saw, then, in a dream a tree of incomparable verdant freshness, beauty and magnitude; on this tree three kinds of fruit were growing that bore no resemblance to the fruits of this world and were plump like a virgin’s breast: a white fruit, a red fruit and a yellow fruit, shining like stars on the green base of the tree. .. Rabia Al Adawiya (c. 714–801 CE) The Persian garden is a place where f owers and birds abound, where color, fragrances, and sounds intoxicate the senses, where the shade of enormous trees provides refuge from the blazing sun. Enclosed, walled gardens predominate. Wells are dug and there are complicated apparatus for watering and fountains. Gardens tend to be rectangular and formal and beome synonymous with relaxation and pleasure. In 917, two ambassadors are sent by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus to visit the
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