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Roman Landscape
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1. Introduction: surveying the scene; 2. Landscape and aesthetics; 3. Those happy fields: aborious landscapes and DIY self-help; 4. Landscape: time and motion; 5. Italy and the villa estate, or, of cabbages and kings; 5.1. Philosophical landscapes: Cicero, loca, and imagines; 5.2. Varro's exopolis: landscape and Italy; 5.3. Columella: landscape and the body of history; 5.4. Statius, landscape, and autarky: between authenticity and delight; 5.5. Ekphrasis: Pliny's artful landscapes; 6. Spaces and Places; 6.1. Landscape as background and foreground; 6.2. Landscape and scale: gardens; 6.3. Imagined landscapes: the Villa 'Farnesina'; 6.4. Total immersion: Livia's garden room (Villa ad Gallinas Albas, Prima Porta); 6.5. Landscapes encircling the city: the Horti Sallustiani and Porticus of Pompey; Envoi. Getting (away from) it all at Hadrian's villa; Bibliography; Webography.

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This survey explores how and why Romans of the late Republic and early Principate were fascinated with landscaped nature.

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