Histoire culturelle de la noix et du noyer en Occident de l'Antiquité romaine au XVIIIè siècle

Abstract : Through the cultural history of the walnut and the walnut tree in the Occident, it is all the relationships between past societies and the vegetal world that are being examined. What did these societies know about the walnut and the walnut tree ? What did they do with this tree and its fruit ? What did they think about it ? How did the walnut and the walnut tree capture the human imagination ? What beliefs and symbols emerged from those conceptions ? It has been possible to answer those questions through the development of a new methodology that takes into account the long-term history and an interdisciplinary approach, inherent to such a subject. Thus, through the analysis of various primary sources from numerous disciplines such as botany, medecine, the history of food, archeobotany, mythologies and religions, popular literatures or proverbs, a cultural history of the walnut and the walnut tree has been elaborated. This history offers a walk, through sources and centuries, from roman Antiquity to the XVIIIth century, and reveals the major developments and shifts regarding knowledges, uses, mentalities and sensibilities concerning the walnut and the walnut tree in the Occident.
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Pauline Leplongeon. Histoire culturelle de la noix et du noyer en Occident de l'Antiquité romaine au XVIIIè siècle. Histoire. PSL Research University, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017PSLEP038⟩. ⟨tel-02106739⟩

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