Ancient Roman Gardens
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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Villae rusticae Gardens in the Roman domus or town house Villae
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