Garden of Cyrus

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by Sir T. Browne, the companion piece to Hydriotaphia; it treats of the occurrence of the quincunx (:ċ:) or lozenge and the number five in man‐made objects, primarily the plantations of the ancients, and then their buildings, other artefacts, and customs, in plants, in animals, and in traditional philosophy and theology. By intertwining many heterogeneous observations he playfully demonstrates his ability to elaborate and digress.

Subjects: Literature.

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Sir Thomas Browne (1605—1682) physician and author