Geōponika: Agricultural Pursuits, Volume 2

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author, 1806 - Agriculture
 

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The title of this book is usually translated into English as Geoponica or Geoponika . Google used the subtitle ("Agricultural Pursuits") as the title, which makes it very difficult to find. I hope this note helps future researchers.

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Page 186 - Then bring into this building a bullock, two years and a half old, fleshy, and very fat. Set to work a number of young men and let them powerfully beat it, and by beating let them kill it with their bludgeons, pervading the bones along with the flesh. But let them take care that they do not make the beast bloody (for the bee is not produced from blood), not falling on it with so much violence with the first blows.
Page 187 - ... be animated, having attracted a sufficient portion of air, it is again proper to secure the building with clay according to the former method: having then opened it on the eleventh day after this period, you will find it full of bees crowded in clusters on each other, and the horns, and the bones, and the hair, and nothing else of the bullock left. They say indeed that the kings are produced from the brain, but the other bees from the flesh.
Page 186 - And let all the apertures be stopped with clean white cloths dipped in pitch, as the eyes and the mouth, and such as are formed by nature for necessary evacuation. Then having scattered a good quantity of thyme, and having laid the bullock on it, let them immediately go out of the house, and let them cover the door and the windows with strong clay, that there may be no entrance or vent to the air nor to the wind.
Page 187 - ... vent to the air, nor to the wind. The third week it is proper to open the building on all sides that the light and pure air may be admitted, except the side where a strong wind blows in ; for if this be the case, it is proper to keep the windows shut on this side : but when the materials seem to be animated, having attracted a sufficient portion of air, it is again proper to secure the building with clay according to the former method: having then opened it on the eleventh day after this period,...
Page 186 - ... be stopped with clean and fine cloths dipped in pitch ; as the eyes, and the mouth, and such as are formed by nature for necessary evacuation : then, having scattered a good quantity of thyme, and having laid the bullock on it, let them, immediately go out of the house, and let them cover the door and the windows with strong clay, that there may be no entrance nor vent to the air, nor to the wind. The third week it is proper to open the building on all sides that the light and pure air may be...
Page 187 - They say indeed that the kings are produced from the brain, but the other bees from the flesh. Kings are also produced from the spinal marrow. But those that are produced from the brain are superior to the others in size and beauty and in strength. But the first change and transformation of the flesh into living creatures, and as it were a conception and birth, you will thus know : for when the building is opened, you will see things small and white in appearance and like one another and not perfect,...
Page 127 - I adjure the mice taken in this place, that you do me no injury yourselves nor suffer another to do it: for I give you this ground (and you mention which) ; but if I again take you on this spot, I take the mother of the Gods to witness, I will divide you into seven parts.
Page 46 - ... xiii. 6. There is a passage in an Arabic writer, which shews that it was not unknown in the east. It relates to the fructification of the palm-tree, and runs thus : " The master, armed with an axe, approaching the tree with an attendant, says, I will cut down this tree, because it bears no fruit.
Page 185 - It is impossible to resist transcribing this glaring evidence of antieiit folly, credulity, and cruelty: ' Let there be a building ten cubits high, and of the same number of cubits in breadth and of equal dimensions at all sides, and let there be one entrance, and four windows made in it, one window in each...
Page 186 - ... folly, credulity, and cruelty: ' Let there be a building ten cubits high, and of the same number of cubits in breadth and of equal dimensions at all sides, and let there be one entrance, and four windows made in it, one window in each vail : then bring into this building a bullock, two years...

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