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Ancient Roman Gardens Hardcover – November 1, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Ltd (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750917253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750917254
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,823,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Prueter on April 9, 2006
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Linda Farrar has produced a gem. This book shows with care, sensitivity and scholarly love what made a Roman garden. She discusses the plants found in the garden but also writes with great skill how the Romans situated statues in the garden. Cicero, a famous Roman politician and writer, mentions in one of his letters how beautifully vines draped over the arms of statues in his brother's garden. Statues were not just placed in the garden but immersed in it; these lived in it. Often pools were designed to reflect the image of a nearby statue and its attendant plants. She also discusses other art work found in Roman gardens. In her efforts to give a feel for the garden she discusses its use: for discussion, parties, meals, play, family work. She discusses what these plants and statues meant to Romans. It was in this book that I learned how much Romans loved nature and how religious they were and how much they were devoted to the beauty of nature around them. Plants provided food, interest and drew in large numbers of birds, bees and butterflies. Roman gardens truly hummed. Linda Farrar's love of the Romans and their gardens flourishes on every page. Any one intending to visit Italy or Pompeii would profit from reading this book. At the end of her book she has excellent suggestions for creating one's own Roman garden.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stikki on August 7, 2013
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My interest in ancient Roman gardens was sparked by a class I took on ancient Rome. This book was VERY well researched and organized, and offers incredible details about every aspect of the gardens. I highly recommend it!
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By Melody Reid on September 28, 2014
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It is amazing how the Roman way of life influences our life today. Their gardens were no exception. I definitely enjoyed this book and learned a lot. I definitely want to incorporate some of their designs in my own garden.
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