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The Ancient Rose of Pompeii.

The Ancient Rose of Pompeii.

Ernesto De Carolis, Adele Lagi, Gaetano Di Pasquale - Alessia D'Auria, Carlo Avvisati.

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The double red rose is without a doubt the species most commonly found in ancient Pompeii, both in terms of pictorial representation and mentions by classic authors. It has been variously identified, in the past, as a plant related to the Gallic rose. But can we exclude the contribution of an Oriental rose in a red, reflowering and fragranced rose? The peach (Prunus persica) was widely cultivated in Italy in Roman times; it was originally a species of Chinese origin that the Romans discovered upon arrival in Persia, where it had been introduced some time before. Might the Ancient Rose of Pompeii not have travelled the same path? Currently these are hypotheses that require closer examination, but it is certainly possible to solve the mystery.


Presentation by Director General Massimo Osanna

Preface by Matteo Lorito

Ernesto De Carolis
Mythical aspects and portrayal of the rose in Vesuvian painting

The painting technique

Adele Lagi
The scent of the rose

Gaetano Di Pasquale - Alessia DAuria
Roses, botany and mankind

Appendix by Carlo Avvisati
The rose: traditions, secrets and magic in the shadow of Vesuvius

Afterword by Michele Fiorenza
La Rosa Antica di Pompei Association

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