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Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, Amina-Aïcha Malek, Eric Morvillez, Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Maureen Carroll, Janet DeLaine, John Bodel, Antony R. Littlewood, K. Sara Myers, Bettina Bergmann, Michele A. Palmer, Gemma Jansen, Michael Herchenbach
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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521821612

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  • In Gardens of the Roman Empire, the pioneering archaeologist Wilhelmina F. Jashemski sets out to examine the role of ancient Roman gardens in daily life throughout the empire. This study, therefore, includes for the first time, archaeological, literary, and artistic evidence about ancient Roman gardens across the entire Roman Empire from Britain to Arabia. Through well-illustrated essays by leading scholars in the field, various types of gardens are examined, from how Romans actually created their gardens to the experience of gardens as revealed in literature and art. Demonstrating the central role and value of gardens in Roman civilization, Jashemski and a distinguished, international team of contributors have created a landmark reference work that will serve as the foundation for future scholarship on this topic. An accompanying digital catalogue will be made available at:

    • Essays provide clear, in depth study of gardens from a variety of perspectives, offering key readings for seminars and research papers
    • Offers a balance of jargon-free prose with the introduction of critical ancient terms, allowing readers to understand both the culture of Roman gardens and the key words used to describe them
    • This volume is paired with a digital corpus of maps and catalogue entries, through which the reader can reference maps, access additional illustrations, and gain more information on the sites mentioned
    • An accompanying digital catalogue, which will be made available at:, will be interactive, using a simple mapping and database, allowing readers to conduct simple spatial analyses, as well as explore maps, illustrations, and catalogue entries
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    • Winner, 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521821612
    • length: 653 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 225 x 40 mm
    • weight: 2.4kg
    • contains: 143 b/w illus. 135 colour illus. 2 maps 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, and Amina-Aïcha Malek
    Part I. The Main Types of Gardens:
    1. The garden in the domus Eric Morvillez
    2. The Roman villa garden: actuality, ideology, and memory Kim J. Hartswick
    3. The archaeology of gardens in the Roman villa: gardens of allusion and production Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
    4. Produce gardens: kitchen gardens, vineyards, orchards, and commercial flower gardens Wilhelmina F. Jashemski
    5. Temple gardens and sacred groves Maureen Carroll
    6. Gardens in baths and palaestras Janet DeLaine
    7. Gardens in gymnasia, schools, and scholae Maureen Carroll
    8. Roman tomb gardens John Bodel
    Part II. The Experience of Gardens as Revealed by Literature and Art:
    9. Greek literary evidence for Roman gardens and those of late antiquity Antony R. Littlewood
    10. Representations of gardens in Roman literature K. Sara Myers
    11. Frescoes in Roman gardens: painted worlds Bettina Bergmann
    12. Mosaics and nature in the Roman domus: cultural allusions Amina-Aïcha Malek
    13. Sculpture in ancient Roman gardens Kim J. Hartswick
    Part III. Making the Garden:
    14. Constructing the ancient Roman garden Kathryn L. Gleason and Michele A. Palmer
    15. Water and water technology in Roman gardens Gemma Jansen
    16. Gardening practices and techniques Wilhelmina F. Jashemski
    17. Plants of the Roman garden Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason and Michael Herchenbach
    18. Conclusions: new perspectives on the Roman garden and its archaeology Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, Amina-Aïcha Malek and Michele A. Palmer.

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    Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, University of Maryland, College Park
    Wilhelmina F. Jashemski (1910–2007) was the pre-eminent pioneer of garden archaeology. As Professor of Ancient History at the University of Maryland, she conducted over 25 years of fieldwork on the gardens buried by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, as well as gardens at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli and at Thuburbo Majus, Tunisia. Author of numerous books and articles, notably the Gardens of Pompeii (2 volumes; 1979 and 1992) and A Natural History of Pompeii (Cambridge, 2002) she received the Gold Medal in Archaeology from the Archaeological Institute of America.

    Kathryn L. Gleason, Cornell University, New York
    Kathryn L. Gleason is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Archaeology at Cornell University, and has developed systematic methods for excavating Roman gardens throughout the Roman Empire. She has conducted archaeological excavations of gardens at Herod the Great's palaces, the villa of Horace at Licenza, the Villa Arianna at Stabiae, and the Petra Garden and Pool Project.  She is editor of The Archaeology of Garden and Field (1994) and The Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity (2015).

    Kim J. Hartswick, City University of New York
    Kim J. Hartswick writes primarily on ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. He was an Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at George Washington University for 22 years and is presently the Academic Director of the City University of New York's Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is co-editor of Stephanos: Studies in Honor of Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway (1998) and the author of The Gardens of Sallust: A Changing Landscape (2004).

    Amina-Aïcha Malek, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
    Amina-Aïcha Malek is a researcher at the CNRS laboratory Archéologie et Philologie d'Orient et d'Occident (AOrOc) of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Paris Sciences Lettres Research University (PSL). As an expert on Roman garden archaeology and the reception of landscape mosaics in their architectural setting, she was Special Garden Archaeology Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1999 to 2002, and has collaborated on international garden excavations. She is editor of The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology (2013), co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Society of Garden Archaeology, and Project Director of the Programme de recherche archéologique de Lambèse-Tazoult, Algeria.


    Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, Amina-Aïcha Malek, Eric Morvillez, Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Maureen Carroll, Janet DeLaine, John Bodel, Antony R. Littlewood, K. Sara Myers, Bettina Bergmann, Michele A. Palmer, Gemma Jansen, Michael Herchenbach


    • Winner, 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
    • Winner, 2019 PROSE Award for a Single Volume Reference/Humanities

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