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Ancient Roman Gardens
Linda Farrar (au). The first comprehensive account of gardens & gardening in the Roman period. Traces the development of Roman gardens from their origins as vegetable patches to the sophisticated forms seen at the height of the empire. Considers all types of gardens -- domestic & public, in town & country, large & small in scale -- & features evidence from gardens in Italy & from sites throughout the Empire. Literature, frescoes & mosaics give a vivid account of the rich variety of Roman gardens. Discusses the habits of Roman gardens, their tools & horticultural techniques, & the way that plants were used -- for garlands, to make wines, cordials & foodstuffs, & to provide nectar for honeybees. Illustrated.
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