Mary Beard writes an appreciation of the work of an American professor (we noted her death here.)
I had missed the sad fact that Wilhelmina Jashemski died just before Christmas, aged 97. Hardly a household name, she had been Professor at the University of Maryland for almost 40 years, retiring in the 1980s. It was, however, thanks to her that we have a reasonably good idea what the average Roman garden once looked like. I never met her .. and our only contact was when she asked me to write an article on ancient cucumber frames (sic — which I regretfully declined). But I find that I’ve been using her more and more while I’ve been writing about Pompeii.
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