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Exploring Roman Temple Gardens: New Perspectives from Pompeii (lecture)

Dates: Thursday, July 12, repeating Saturday, July 14, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 3:00 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

Roman temples often featured sacred groves and gardens. Until recently, the major source of information on these sacred gardens has been fleeting descriptions in Latin literature. Now, however, archaeologists have uncovered remains of the earliest known Roman temple gardens in Pompeii, a site that continues to yield fascinating information about Roman life and culture.

Join archaeologist Maureen Carroll for a look at the temples of Venus and Apollo in Pompeii and their extensive gardens. How were sacred groves used in Roman religion? What did these ancient gardens look like? Which plants were used, and how were the gardens maintained?

About Maureen Carroll
Maureen Carroll is reader in the department of archaeology at the University of Sheffield in England. She has directed many Roman and medieval excavations in Germany and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Cyprus, Tunisia, Italy, and Britain. Her research interests include the archaeology of Roman Europe, especially Germany and Gaul, the archaeology of ancient Greek and Roman gardens, and Roman funerary epigraphy and the commemoration of the dead in Italy and the western Empire. She is the author of Earthly Paradises: Ancient Gardens in History and Archaeology, Romans, Celts and Germans: The German Provinces of Rome, and Spirits of the Dead: Roman Funerary Commemoration in Western Europe.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.

Courtyard of the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii