The author traces the development of Roman gardens from their humble origins as vegetable patches to the sophisticated forms seen at the height of the empire. She considers all types of gardens featuring evidence from gardens in Italy and from sites throughout the provinces of the empire. Literature, frescoes, mosaics and extensive archaeological research contribute to this vivid account of the rich variety of Roman gardens.Vom Verlag:
A history of the development of Roman gardens from humble vegetable patches to the sophisticated formats seen at the height of the empire. Domestic, public, town and country gardens are covered, and archaeological research is used to illustrate the value of gardens to contemporary society.
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Buchbeschreibung Stroud, Sutton Publishing, 1998. 18 cm x 25 cm. 237 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Includes the following essays: Historical BAckground / Roman Housing and the Growth of the Garden / Architectural Features in Roman Garden Design / Ornamental Pools / Fountains and Fountain Figures / Garden Sculpture / Flora and Fauna in Gardens / Roman Gardeners, Their Tools and Horticultural Techniques / Non-Residential Gardens / Conclusions. "This book offers a fascinating new dimension to the history of Roman society and of gardening and horticulture. The author, a classicist and archaeology with a special interest in gardening and garden history, traces the development of Roman gardens from their humble origins as vegetable patches to the sophisticated landscapes of the rich and famous at the height of the Empire. This fully illustrated study features evidence from gardens in Italy and from archaeological sites throughout the countryside with information on literature, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures and architecture to provide a vivid picture of the rich variety of Roman gardens, their common plants and exotic trees and flowers, their splendid arbors, and fanciful sculptures and mosaics. The habits of Roman gardeners, their tools and horticultural techniques and landscape designs complete this classical gardening tour of ancient Rome. Linda Farrar gives talks and leads study tours based around Roman civilisation. She lives in Warwickshire." (Amazon). Artikel-Nr. 72399AB