VIII.7.28. Temple of Isis
An ancient city of Campania destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
This temple site was excavated in 1764-1766 and although, as Jashemski points out, it was likely that there was a sacred garden surrounding it, she could find no evidence of plantings remaining when she examined it. Ceremonies in a garden in front of a temple of Isis were depicted in two paintings found in Herculaneum (Mus. Naz. inv. nos. 8924, 8919; Ruesch nos. 1346, 1347). Gardens were often part of the cult of Egyptian temples.
- Jashemski, Gardens, 1:157 and figs. 216 (balloon photo) and 217 (plan) on pp. 138-139 (worldcat)
- Jashemski, Gardens, vol. II, pp. 222-223 (worldcat)
- Niccolini, Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei designati e descritti, vol. 1, “Tempio d’Iside,” pl. 2 (plan) (worldcat)
Wilhelmina Jashemski (https://lib.guides.umd.edu/c.php?g=326514&p=2193250)
21 Apr 2021