I wonder why parsley is associated with flowers here unless the word is also used for a type of flowering plant. How would you imitate parsley in a dance?
ἦν δὲ καὶ παρὰ τοῖς ἰδιώταις ἡ καλουμένη ἄνθεμα. ταύτην δὲ ὠρχοῦντο μετὰ λέξεως τοιαύτης μιμούμενοι καὶ λέγοντες
ποῦ μοι τὰ ῥόδα, ποῦ μοι τὰ ἴα, ποῦ μοι τὰ καλὰ
ταδὶ τὰ ῥόδα, ταδὶ τὰ ἴα, ταδὶ τὰ καλὰ σέλινα.
There was among private individuals the so called Anthema (flowers) dance. They dance this with these words while imitating the words and saying
Where are my roses, where the violets where the beautiful parsley?
Here are the roses, here the violets, here the beautiful parsley.
From the Oxford book of Greek verse 126
Greek Anthology II page 293 36