Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Plinys garden

A garden painting from Pompeii, Ins. II Reg. 3.3 (Casa della Venere in Conchiglia).

"The garden is chiefly planted with fig and mulberry trees, to which this soil is as favourable as it is averse from all others. Here is a dining-room, which, though it stands away from the sea enjoys the garden view which is just as pleasant: two apartments run round the back part of it, the windows of which look out upon the entrance of the villa, and into a fine kitchen-garden. From here extends an enclosed portico which, from its great length, you might take for a public one."

Pliny the Younger - Letters II. 17
Notice that the alternative numbering would make this letter nr. XXIII
Translated by W. Melmoth

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