flowers and legends
The legend says that in the Greek city of Corinth lived a girl, whose name was Rodanta. She was very beautiful, and her house was visited by kings and rulers eager for her love. Rodanta, overwhelmed by all those men crazy for her beauty, fled and took shelter in Artemis’ Temple, the white and beautiful Goddess of purity; but she was followed by a crowd of them, who, helped by Corinth’s dwellers, broke the sacred temple’s doors.
Artemis, offended by the insult, turned Rodanta into a beautiful rose, that still lives colored by the carmine of her lit cheeks; the invaders, were turned into thorns, that now defend the beautiful Rodanta’s charm.
The red rose is, since then, symbol of love and passion.