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VILLAS SURROUNDING POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM

ByEric M. Moormann

Ancient Campania was famous for fertility that made two vegetable crops perannum possible, and produced good wines. This led to intensive land use during the republican and imperial periods. After the eruption of Vesuvius, small farms disappeared, making way for large praedia, remains of which have been found, but never systematically investigated. Because leisure retreats became unfashionable in this region from the Vespasianic era onwards, this contribution is limited to the late republic and early empire.