By Kim J. Hartswick

Pleasure gardens, or horti, provided elite electorate of historical Rome a retreat from the noise and dirt of town, the place they can take their relaxation or even behavior enterprise amid attractive landscaping, structure, and sculpture. some of the most vital and gorgeous of those gardens used to be the horti Sallustiani, initially constructed via the Roman historian Sallust on the finish of the 1st century B.C. and later possessed and perfected by means of a chain of Roman emperors. although now irrevocably altered by means of millennia of human historical past, the Gardens of Sallust undergo as a reminiscence of good looks and as an important archaeological web site, the place fragments of sculpture and ruins of structure are nonetheless being discovered.

In this formidable paintings, Kim Hartswick undertakes the 1st finished background of the Gardens of Sallust from Roman occasions to the current, in addition to its effect on generations of students, intellectuals, and archaeologists. He attracts from an striking array of assets to reconstruct the unique dimensions and visual appeal of the gardens and the alterations they've got passed through at particular issues in heritage. Hartswick completely discusses the architectural positive aspects of the backyard and analyzes their continues to be. He additionally reports the sculptures excavated from the gardens and discusses the topics and makes use of of many notable examples.

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