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Cato: On Farming/De agri cultura: De Agricultura [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Dalby
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Cato's On Farming is the oldest surviving example of Latin prose, dating to the 2nd century BC. It is a book of instruction about the cultivation of vines, olives and fruit, the management of slaves and contract labour, cookery and medicine. This is the first translation for over sixty years; the Latin is printed as a parallel text. The book contains an introduction and several illustrations placing Cato and his writing in context.

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Cato wrote the earliest surviving complete work of Latin prose literature. It was this treatise: a book of instruction about the cultivation of vines, olives and fruit, the management of slaves and contract labour, the rituals consequent on ownership and even cookery for humans and the pharmacy.

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  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Books (July 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings a slice of the Roman Empire to life December 8, 2009
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As someone who has always been fascinated with Roman history (blame it, or credit it, on Asterix titles!), I took classes on Roman social and imperial history at school and wrote two term papers on this title. If you want a primary source that brings a facet of Roman society to life, this treatise on how to run a farm, including how to treat your slaves, resolve disputes, bury your amphorae of olive oil, is an incredible document that pulls you right into the considerations and point-of-view of a Roman farmer from more than two thousand years ago.
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