The Roman Book of Gardening

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Routledge, Jul 31, 2004 - History - 164 pages
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The first book to look at this particular subject, The Roman Book of Gardening brings together an extraordinarily varied selection of texts on Roman horticulture, celebrating herb and vegetable gardening in verse and prose spanning five centuries.

In vivid new translations by John Henderson, Virgil's Georgics stand alongside neglected works by Columella, Pliny and Palladius, bringing to life the techniques and obstacles, delights and exasperations of the Roman gardener. We also hear of the digging, hoeing, planting and weeding which then, as now, went into creating the perfect garden.

This is a timely and valuable contribution to our understanding of gardening history, Roman culture and Latin literature.

 

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Contents

Preparing the Ground
1
Reserving a Plot
29
From Columella 11
33
Columella 10
51
3 Natures Miracles in Plinys Encyclopaedia
67
4 A Year in the Garden with Palladius
103
Tying Up Loose Ends
125
Where Next
139
As and When
143
Names and Varieties
145
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John Henderson has taught Classics at Cambrdige since 1975. He has written many books and essays on Latin literature and Classics, including Classics: A Very Short Introduction (with Mary Beard).

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