The Garden Guide

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

Sallust Villa Garden

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47.The villa of Sallust was situated on the Quirinal Hill, and is supposed to have occupied the space now filled by several churches, and by great part of the Ludovisi and Barberini gardens. Sallust had made his fortune in the government of Numidia; and the magnificent palace and very extensive gardens, which he laid out on his return to Home, were long the pride and ornament of that city. In Stewart's Life of Sallust, and in the Annals of Tacitus, we are informed that these gardens were so beautiful, that, when Rome fell beneath the sway of her emperors, the imperial residence was fixed in them. They consisted of umbrageous walks, porticoes, parterres of flowers, and murmuring streams, interspersed with masterpieces of sculpture; and occasionally with seats and other places for repose, and for the enjoyment of the ever-varying prospect of the city and country beyond. Sallust died B. C..35.