Livia’s Love

The wife of the Emperor Augustus, Livia, had a large room decorated in frescoes depicting a lovely garden in their villa at Prima Porta in Rome, which was constructed around the 40s CE. All four walls are sumptuously decorated with scenes of trees, bushes, and birds flying and alighting on branches. Lemons, roses, and pomegranates predominate (see image below). Two thousand years old, they are a celebration of the love of nature and the pleasures of gardens.