Building a Garden: Historiographic Analysis of “Roman Gardens” in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Abstract

Pierre Grimal’s 1943 thesis on Roman gardens, the birth of archaeology of gardens and the recent opening of museum spaces dedicated to Roman gardens are three founding moments of the modern history of gardens. Since the Renaissance period, however, successive readings of archaeological remains, and Latin and Greek texts have fed the history of Roman gardens, overlays of interpretations, intellectual disputes, opposing and enriching points of views. “Roman Gardens”, as researchers comprehend the subject today, are the results of this history. The object of this chapter is to question the construction of the history of gardens, what we would otherwise call “historiography of Roman gardens”, by bringing to light the more or less visible presuppositions which define gardens, at a specific moment of the history of research.

Keywords

Roman gardens Historiography Pierre Grimal Roman aristocracy Urbs Horti 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BernBernSwitzerland

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