Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Fresco from the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta representing the Roman world.

Seeing pictures of the fresco in the Villa of Livia in Prima Porta, north of Rome.

A really amazing depiction of a Garden scene.
I wondered if it might symbolise the Roman world.

Livia was the wife of Octavian, later named as "Augustus".
The first Roman Emperor.

The Fresco has nearest to us a depiction of a Bronze fence, like the Bronze weaponry of the Roman Legions that defended the frontiers of the Empire.

Then there is a wall of Marble, which reminded me of a quote byAugustus:

"I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble" ~ Suetonius

And then the different plants, such as the Conifers, Pomegranite Trees, Palm Trees from different parts of the Roman world.

Even King Sennacherib of Assyria had a garden created, filled with plants from around his Empire.

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