The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome

  Giesecke, Annette. 2007. The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome. Hellenic Studies Series 21. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies.


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Figure 1. Mapping utopia. Map of the wanderings of Odysseus.

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Figure 2. Blueprint of the ideal polis. Reconstruction: The Shield of Achilles.


Figure 3. A landscape “of unusual, even startling interest.” Red-figure pelikē: Odysseus, Elpenor, and Hermes in the Underworld.


Figure 4. Alone in the realm of Nature. Attic black-figure amphora: the suicide of Ajax.


Figure 5. The storm of war. Attic red-figure hydria: Iliupersis.


Figure 6. Nature as parergonal frame. The garden districts of Classical Athens.


Figure 7. Microcosm of the polis. Classical Athenian houses on the Areopagus.


Figure 8. Greek versus beast. Relief metope from the Parthenon, Athens.


Figure 9. Landscape as nostalgic dream. The Odyssey Frieze: Section 3, Odysseus and the Laestrygonians.


Figure 10. Wild abandon. Dancing Bacchante.


Figure 11. “Arboreal rhyme.” Mosaic: Alexander and Darius in battle.


Figure 12a. Nature as “other.” House at Olynthos.


Figure 12b. Nature as ergon. Peristyle garden.


Figure 13. The domestication of Nature. Development of the Roman house.


Figure 14. Refuge of the sacred garden. Fresco: Second Style prospect.


Figure 15a. Pastoral distancing. Fresco: sacro-idyllic landscape.


Figure 15b. Pastoral distancing: detail. Boscotrecase fresco.


Figure 16. Paradisiacal forest. Garden fresco from the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta.


Figure 17. The Earth as Roman landscape. Reconstruction: The Shield of Aeneas.


Figure 18. Universal fecundity. Marble relief panel from the Ara Pacis Augustae: goddess variously identified as Tellus, Pax, and Roma.


Figure 19. Sanguinary Golden Age. Marble sculpture: the Augustus of Prima Porta