The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Roman Gardens (500BC-500AD)

Pliny Garden Design

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52.The villas, gardens, and pleasure-grounds of Pliny the consul, are described at length in his Letters, and delineations of their ichnography have been published by Felibien in 1699, and by Castell in 1728. Some things which could only be supplied by the imagination are to be found in both these authors; but on the whole their plans, especially those of Castell, may be considered as conveying a tolerably correct idea of a first-rate Roman villa, as in the Laurentinum, and of an extensive country residence, as in the Thuscum. Pliny died A. D. 113.