author={Timothy Peter Wiseman},
  journal={Papers of the British School at Rome},
  pages={131 - 155}
  • T. P. Wiseman
  • Published 20 September 2016
  • History
  • Papers of the British School at Rome
Prompted by Chrystina Häuber's seminal work on the eastern part of the mons Oppius, this article offers a radical reappraisal of the evidence for the ‘gardens of Maecenas’. Some very long-standing beliefs about the location and nature of the horti Maecenatiani are shown to be unfounded; on the other hand, close reading of an unjustly neglected text provides some new and unexpected evidence for what they were used for. The main focus of the argument is on the relevance of the horti to the… 
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