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[05 NOV 98] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK PRESS RELEASE
Coventry Woman Writes Book On Ancient Roman Gardens

Possible Roman gardener - from Vatican MuseumCoventry born woman Linda Farrar has produced the definitive book on the world's ancient Roman gardens. Linda used her time as a research student at the University of Warwick to travel to many different parts of the old Roman Empire to carry out extensive research into the archaeological remains of Roman gardens and the surviving documentary accounts and artistic depictions of these gardens from almost 2000 years ago.

She covers everything from early Roman vegetable patches to the ornate gardens seen at the height of the Roman Empire. Just like British people today gardening was an activity that touched the lives of a great many Romans. In her book Linda says:

"The Roman love of nature and growing things is shown in the many areas that were given over to greenery in Pompeii and elsewhere....gardens were not just the preserve of the wealthy, for even those living in smaller properties were able to include a corner of greenery, or even a few plants in containers or a window box..."

Linda lists in her book some Roman gardens, recreations of Roman gardens or the sites of former Roman gardens that are available to see in mainland Britain. These include:

  • Fishbourne Roman Palace
  • Caerlon
  • Chedworth
  • Corinium Museum in Cirencester
  • Wall near Lichfield
  • Roman garden in Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

NOTES:
Ancient Roman Gardens by Linda Farrar is published by Sutton Publishing Limited, Phoenix Mill, Stroud. Price 25 ISBN: 0 7509 1725 3

MORE INFORMATION:
Peter Dunn, University Press Officer  01203 523708

  

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