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"Hortus inclusus": Expanding Boundaries of Space and Time - 27-28/06/2017, Roma (Italy)

This conference aims to deepen historical and environmental understanding of garden landscapes in the Roman empire, and tshape the conversation for the next generation of scholars. Taking inspiration from Virgil’s complaint in Georgics 4.147-8 that he cannot speak any longer on the subject of gardens because he is constrained (excludo) by space and time, Hortus inclusus expands the boundaries of the Roman garden beyond the Horti of the city of Rome by focusing on the following themes:

-New Knowledge: Highlighting advances in archaeological recovery techniques, the application of digital technologies, and the discovery of new garden sites.

-Intersections: Developing a multidimensional understanding of the function and meaning of gardens and gardened landscapes through the application of critical theory.

-Afterlife: Investigating the resonance and reception of the Roman garden in post-classical contexts.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 27-28/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: British School at Rome (Roma, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kathryn L. Gleason ; Diana Spencer ; Katharine T. von Stackelberg

INFO: web


Formulario de inscripción/ Registration form/Formulario di registrazione

- Gratis/free/gratuito

-Catering de un día/one day catering/catering un giorno: 25€ (refreshments and lunch)

- Catering de dos días/two days catering / catering due giorni: 45€ (refreshments, lunch, and conference dinner on 28th).


Confirmed Participants:

Kathryn L. Gleason (Cornell University): Towards a Systematic Methodology for Garden Archaeology

Mark Robinson (Oxford University): Gods in the Soil: A New Assessment of the House of the Greek Epigram

Daphna Langgut (Tel Aviv University): Herod’s Exotic and Prestigious Royal Gardens: An Archaeobotanical Investigation

Rachel Bar Nathan (Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem): Herod and the Court of Augustus: Understanding the Politics of Early Roman Gardens from the Ceramic Evidence

David Fredrick (University of Arkansas): Secrets in the Garden: Vulnerability and Information Exchange in the House of Octavius Quartio.

Mantha Zarmakoupi (University of Birmingham): The Place Between: Villa Gardens and Garden Paintings

Victoria Pagán (University of Florida): Deerit nihil? Environmental Sustainability and the Rhetoric of Roman Gardens

Sara Myers (University of Virginia):Gendering the Roman Garden

Lena Landgren (Lund University): Varia’s viridia: Female Garden Ownership and Euergetism

Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University): Faithful Marriages and Wild Unions: Palladius’ De insitione

William Tronzo (University of California, San Diego): Space, Time and Landscape: The Case of Constantinople in the Sixth Century

Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis (The Graduate Center, City University of New York): From Hortus to Hayr: The Connections between Classical and Early Islamic Gardens

Luke Roman (Memorial University): Gardens and Villas in Italian Humanist Poetry (ca. 1450-1530)

Bettina Bergmann (Mount Holyoke College): Reconstructions and Visualisations of Roman Gardens

Susan M. Dixon (LaSalle University): Rodolfo Lanciani on the Ancient Gardens of Rome

Katharine T. von Stackelberg (Brock University): Medusa’s Gaze: The Petrified Garden of the Achilleion

Amina-Aïcha Malek (CNRS, École Normale Supérieure): Deploying The Society for Garden Archaeology: A Forum for Archaeology of Gardens and Design Landscapes

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