Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


27.8.07
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This is pretty much the view the people living in the Roman Villa near Wachenheim had on a summer afternoon.


The area, the so-called Deutsche Weinstraße (German Wine Road) is famous for its vintages. Of course, the growing of grapes spreads far beyond the villages connected by said road.

The Romans introduced vineyards to the Rhine valley and other suitable areas around it, that's why the landscape has not changed much since then, except that the modern villages look a bit different from the Roman-time estates and settlements.


As usual, the hills in the background are covered by wood. That, too, has not changed much.

The one here is part of the Pfälzer Wald, one of the many woodcovered mountain ranges from the Harz near where I live to the Blackwood Forest in the south and the Thuringian Woods in the east which together are called the Mittelgebirge. Taunus (where the Saalburg Fort is situated) and Odenwald, mentioned in my recent posts, are part of it as well.
 
Comments:
Beautiful view. Here in Alabama, we see a lot of kudzu and green forests and some rolling ridges depending on what part of the state you live in. Not quite so scenic as your photographs.
 
Beautiful pictures as always. :)
Did you know that before the little ice age it was so warm they grew grapes in England? And the wine they produced was so good the French started complaining?
 
What beautiful scenery. It's so different from New Zealand scenery, although I have to say we have some pretty good wine these days ;)
 
Beautiful!
 
Steven,
I'm sure there are some beautiful places in the US, too. And a good photographer can make them look even more scenic. :)

Ann,
yes, I know. It's the time when Greenland was a green land indeed, with wide striped between coast and ice shelf that provided good grazing.

Shelley,
New Zealand is one of the places I've always wanted to go, even before LOTR. :)

Thank you, Susan.
 
Now that would be a nice view to have from a sitting room window. Would they have owned the vineyards too? (That would make it an even nicer view - the prospect of many a happy hour to come!).
 
Difficult to say how much land belonged to the estate, but those Roman country estates produced surplus to sell to the army, so there must have been quite some land.

They had their own brewery, so it looks like the locals (slaves, hired workers) got their beer and the patron got the wine - what he didn't sell to the army. Since grain also was important, I assume there will have been grain fields besides the vinyards, but today there are other places where you can grow grain, and all the soil best for grapes is used for that.
 
I'll tell yuo - those Romans sure knew how to live! LOL
 
Lol yes, they did.

And I post too much. Seems the pics of the Speyer Cathedral below got missed by most since there's not one comment. *makes note not to post three times a day* :)
 
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Miscellaneous musings of an aspiring Historical Fiction and Fantasy author. Illustrated essays on Roman, Dark Age and Mediaeval history, Mediaeval literature, and Geology. Some poetry translations and writing stuff. And lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes from Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

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I'm a writer of Historical Fiction and Fantasy living in Germany. I got a MA in Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Linguistics and History, I'm interested in Archaeology and everything Roman and Mediaeval, an avid reader, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, and photographer.


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