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The flowerpot

The vase is an object of great diffusion, in every part of the world, its use is nowadays mainly linked to the cultivation of plants and flowers, while many know that its origin is slightly different. Let’s say immediately that we are not talking about an origin as if we were referring to last month; the terracotta vase is in fact dated more than a few thousand years, and dates back even to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In reality it could be that other more ancient cultures, contemporary to those already mentioned or even younger, have used terracotta pots, but that their conservation has not occurred both for the very long time elapsed and for the fragility of the material in question. Leaving this aside and focusing on the Greek and Roman vases, we see that they were originally containers, not plant pots. In fact, in them food was placed, or drinks to be carried to the table, or even the vase was used for nocturnal needs, as it happened until a few decades ago also for our cultures. Subsequently, for purely aesthetic purposes, these containers were also filled with earth and plants; the term “for aesthetic purposes” should be specified because at that time there was certainly no problem with the availability of open and cultivable spaces near the house, so if someone wanted a flower plant or not in a vase it was just to embellish a corner or the entrance to the house, not because it didn’t have a garden available. or drinks to be carried to the table, or even the vase was used for nocturnal needs, as it happened until a few decades ago also for our cultures. Subsequently, for purely aesthetic purposes, these containers were also filled with earth and plants; the term “for aesthetic purposes” should be specified because at that time there was certainly no problem with the availability of open and cultivable spaces near the house, so if someone wanted a flower plant or not in a vase it was just to embellish a corner or the entrance to the house, not because it didn’t have a garden available. or drinks to be carried to the table, or even the vase was used for nocturnal needs, as it happened until a few decades ago also for our cultures. Subsequently, for purely aesthetic purposes, these containers were also filled with earth and plants; the term “for aesthetic purposes” should be specified because at that time there was certainly no problem with the availability of open and cultivable spaces near the house, so if someone wanted a flower plant or not in a vase it was just to embellish a corner or the entrance to the house, not because it did not have a garden available. these containers were also seen to be filled with earth and plants; the term “for aesthetic purposes” should be specified because at that time there was certainly no problem with the availability of open and cultivable spaces near the house, so if someone wanted a flower plant or not in a vase it was just to embellish a corner or the entrance to the house, not because it didn’t have a garden available. these containers were also seen to be filled with earth and plants; the term “for aesthetic purposes” should be specified because at that time there was certainly no problem with the availability of open and cultivable spaces near the house, so if someone wanted a flower plant or not in a vase it was just to embellish a corner or the entrance to the house, not because it did not have a garden available.

At the time of the Greeks


As for the ancient Greeks there would be a lot to say; they were in fact a wonderful and rich people, economically but also culturally. It is neither an exaggeration nor a mistake to say that culture was invented by the ancient Greek people, especially if we are talking about literary rather than scientific culture (even in this field they certainly shone for their time, but there have been even more peoples active). To this we can also combine a certain eye to style and good taste in appearance and public aesthetics, meaning with these words the attention that the ancient Greeks had both for their clothing and presence, and for the particular care towards their cities, which were tidy, full of monuments and large squares, almost touristy. For these reasons it is not at all difficult for us to think how the Greeks could not have had the idea of ​​decorating their homes with that beautiful touch of nature that a potted flowering plant can give. Certainly they managed to understand both that this was a touch of simple but fine elegance and beauty for their homes, and that this would not have caused damage to the plant, and if provided with enough water and exposed to a decent light he could survive for a long time.

Used material

At the time of the ancient Greeks, the material with which it was possible to build vases was very simple to choose, simply because it was the only one available: terracotta. However, it can be considered an invention of man, because it is true that terracotta is nothing more than clay formed and baked in the sun, but this production process (even if simple and antiquated, this is always what it is) allowed to obtain terracotta from clay and it is undoubtedly the fruit of a human mind for the genius era. This material was then painted and decorated according to what function it had to perform (in fact, the bricks were also made with the same raw material, but in this case they were not decorated, while when they were going to constitute wineskins for liquids they were abundantly decorated), and in some cases it has come down to us bringing back these simple but important forms of art. Unfortunately, its intrinsic fragility has not allowed many specimens to reach us, but it must be emphasized that the earth has been able to very carefully preserve some of these works to make them known to us too.

Greek vases: Use Greek vases

So far we have sung the praises of these precious and very rare Greek vases, so much so as to make someone want to have one and use it for an elegant and rare cultivation of flowers and plants. Unfortunately, at least in Italy, this cannot be done; or rather, it cannot be done with real ancient Greek vases: the law provides that anyone who finds an object from the past is required to bring it to a public museum for its dating and exposure to all visitors, as the property is not of those who find it but of the State. If this law is not respected, imprisonment is foreseen and also a fine to repay the damage to the State and possibly to the found, a fine that will therefore be very high and that none of us would want and could pay. But luckily there are imitations, and the modern replicas of ancient vases and objects have reached a level of perfection and a beauty that hardly recognizes the differences. Not only that, the prices are also reasonable.

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