“If Jove would give the leafy bowers
A queen for all their world of flowers,
The rose would be the choice of Jove,
And blush the queen of every grove.”
(Sappho of Lesbos, circa 600 B.C.E.)

No other flower has generated such poetry, prose or praise as the “queen of flowers,” the rose. One legend tells how the rose was the work of Aphrodite, Dionysus, Zephyrus and Apollo. We have Cupid to thank for the thorns. Like Cupid, the rose and its thorns symbolize the virtues and dangers of love.

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