decorated boards, 182 pp., $100.00
Katherine von Stackelberg brings together diverse lines of literary and archeological evidence to explain how Roman gardens worked in this fascinating and imaginative book. Her arguments are compelling and thought-provoking, accessible thankfully to both scholars and readers interested in everyday life in ancient Rome. In Chapter 4, her explanations of space at the House of Ocravius Quartio and the House of Meanander in Pompeii are certainly exciting and stimulating. The only criticisms are lack of color illustrations and the compact size of this expensive book, which will certainly limit its reach to research libraries and very dedicated scholars.
— Edward J. Valauskas, curator of rare books, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden