Planting Paradise: Landscapes of Luxury in Ancient Rome

Fresco of Roman garden

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Mention of ancient Roman gardens conjures images of lavish estates outfitted with sprawling gardens containing specimen plantings from around the world, aviaries and fishponds, pergolas for outdoor dining, and sculpture-lined swimming pools such as those described by the younger Pliny in his letters or evidenced by the remains of Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli. This lecture, given by Annette Giesecke, Ph.D., examines the debt of such luxurious landscapes to the much older royal garden traditions of Persia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.


The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary.

Sponsored by Corcoran Art History

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