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in ancient Rome

A native species that came under cultivation during the Empire.(1) Shown in the wall-paintings in the House of the Fruit Orchard in Pompeii, along with cherries, yellow and purple lums, pears, pomegranates, grapes and lemons interspersed with a wide variety of flowers and birds.(2)

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footnotes & bibliography

(1) Farrar, Linda; Ancient Roman Gardens; Sutton; 1998; p143

(2) Johnson, Stephen; Rome and its Empire; Routledge; 1989; p140