Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
In the mid-1950s Wilhelmina Jashemski set out to research and write a book on the gardens of the Roman Empire to better understand daily life in the various cultures around the Mediterranean. The topic, while initially appearing manageable, developed into a major new area of research, not only in classical studies, but as an area of archaeological investigation globally. This talk surveys exciting new discoveries of Roman gardens around Europe, Asia, and North Africa in the 25 years since Jashemski’s completed her last field season. The speaker invites archaeologists and the public to engage in the newly published book and updatable Gardens of the Roman Empire website project.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Jashemski, Wilhelmina F., Kathryn L. Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick and Amina-Aicha Maleks, eds. Gardens of the Roman Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Howe, Thomas N., Ian Sutherland, Kathryn Gleason, Michele Palmer, eds.. The Excavation and Study of the Garden of the Great Peristyle of the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, 2007-2012, Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani VI, 2016. (Printed & released June 2017)
Malek, Amina-Aïcha, ed. The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology. Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.
Gleason, Kathryn, Editor. Gardens of Antiquity, Volume 1, Cultural History of Gardens, Michael Leslie and John Dixon Hunt, Series Editors. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Miller, Naomi F., and Kathryn L. Gleason, eds. The Archaeology of Garden and Field. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994