coast, and the islands of Campania,Such as Baiae, and the islands of Ischia, Procida, Capri, and others; the resorts of the opulent nobles, where they had magnificent marine villas.
or the towns nearest the city, such as Lanuvium, Praeneste, and Tibur,Now Tivoli, a delicious spot, where Horace had a villa, in which he hoped to spend his declining years.
Ver ubi longum, tepidasque praebet
Jupiter brumas: …
… ibi, tu calentem
Debit sparges lachryma favillam
Vatis amici. Odes, B. ii. 5. Adrian also had a magnificent villa near Tibur.
where he often used to sit for the administration of justice, in the porticos of the temple of Hercules.
He had a particular aversion to large and sumptuous palaces; and some which had been raised at a vast expense by his grand-daughter, Julia, he leveled to the ground.
Those of his own, which were far from being spacious, he adorned, not so much with statues and pictures, as with walks and groves, and things which were curious either for their antiqu