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On Agriculture : Books I-IV : Volume 1 - Columella

On Agriculture

Books I-IV : Volume 1

By: Columella, H.B. Ash (Transcribed by)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1989
ISBN: 9780674993983
Number Of Pages: 496

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Columella (Lucius Iunius Moderatus) of Gades (Cadiz) lived in the reigns of the first emperors to about 70 CE. He moved early in life to Italy where he owned farms and lived near Rome. It is probable that he did military service in Syria and Cilicia and that he died at Tarentum.

Columella's "On Agriculture" ("De Re Rustica") is the most comprehensive, systematic and detailed of Roman agricultural works. Book I covers choice of farming site; water supply; buildings; staff. II: Ploughing; fertilising; care of crops. III, IV, V: Cultivation, grafting and pruning of fruit trees, vines, and olives. VI: Acquisition, breeding, and rearing of oxen, horses, and mules; veterinary medicine. VII: Sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs. VIII: Poultry; fish ponds. IX: Bee-keeping. X (in hexameter poetry): Gardening. XI: Duties of the overseer of a farm; calendar for farm work; more on gardening. XII: Duties of the overseer's wife; manufacture of wines; pickling; preserving. There is also a separate treatise, "Trees" ("De Arboribus"), on vines and olives and various trees, perhaps part of an otherwise lost work written before "On Agriculture."

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Columella is in three volumes.

Introduction Life And Works Of Columella Manuscripts And Editions
Bibliography Sigla
Writers on Husbandry
Rules for the Husbandman
Situation and Quality of Land- Water
Farm Buildings
Master and Tenant
Farm Overseer, Herdsmen, Shepherds
Kinds of Land
Ditching and Draining
Tests of Soil-Ploughing
Care of Oxen in Ploughing
Seasons for Cultivation
Seasons for Sowing
Quantity of Seed Required
Sowing of Legumes, Flax, Hemp, Turnips
Fodder Crops
Cultivation of Grains and Legumes
Number of Labourers Required
Qualities of Various Manures
Times for Manuring
Care of Meadows-Hay
Reaping and Threshing
Precepts for the Husbandman on Holidays
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ISBN: 9780674993983
ISBN-10: 0674993985
Series: RES RUSTICA I-IV : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st July 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 12.07  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32

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