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A border of plants from a Roman garden in the 1st century A.D., with the main plants labelled. Photograph.
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1 print : process print ; image 15.8 x 14.2 cm
Garden scene from the villa of Livia; botanical key. ... these identifications are those of Mőller and Terraciano vide Rőmische mitteilungen V (1890), pp. 78-80
The print is a botanical key to a coloured copy of the same painting (see Wellcome Library catalogue no. 26629i)
Lettering on the mount continues with latin and vernacular names of 18 plants shown, including quince, date palm, cypress, Italian pine, cornel, Arbutus, pomegranate, laurel, florentine iris, hart's tongue, camomile, crown daisy, Acanthus, ivy or Smilax, box or myrtle, roses and opium poppy
Wellcome Library no. 26632i
The wall painting is from the house of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta near Rome
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