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"Ancient Olive tree, Athenas Gift" painting of a beautiful Olive tree I sketched in France - sunlight lit up the old tree filtering through the leaves and branches, Considered sacred by the people of the Mediterranean for thousands of years, the olive tree continues to fascinate and maintain its hold on our imagination. The olive tree has a life span of around 300 to 400 years. The precise origins of the olive tree are shrouded in mystery.
Some believe that the cultivation of the olive tree began around 5000 B.C.on Crete and the neighboring Greek Islands
The ancient Greeks believed the olive tree was a gift from the goddess Athena and began using olive oil in their religious rituals.
Homer, the immortal Greek poet, called olive oil liquid gold and the Greek Laws of Solon, during the 6th to 7th century BC, prohibited the cutting down of olive trees on the punishment of death.
October 26th, 2013
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