Roman Book of Gardening / Edition 1

Roman Book of Gardening / Edition 1

by John Henderson
     
 

"The Roman Book of Gardening brings together an extraordinarily vivid selection of texts on Roman horticulture, celebrating herb and vegetable gardening in verse and prose spanning five centuries. In an anthology of vivid new translations by John Henderson, Virgil's Georgics stand alongside neglected works by Columella, Pliny, and Palladius, bringing to life the… See more details below

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"The Roman Book of Gardening brings together an extraordinarily vivid selection of texts on Roman horticulture, celebrating herb and vegetable gardening in verse and prose spanning five centuries. In an anthology of 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. For all the cultural differences, modern gardening enthusiasts will recognize much of the familiar heaving and chopping that the writers describe but may be surprised at other aspects of horticulture that have changed significantly over the centuries." This is a timely and valuable contribution to our understanding of gardening history, Roman culture and Latin literature. The Roman Book of Gardening is the first book on the practice of Roman gardening and includes a full Index of plants, listing names both in English and Latin, the language of botany.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415324496
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/02/2004
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Note on the text
Preface: Preparing the ground1
Introduction: Reserving a plot: from Virgil29
1Produce in prose: from Columella 1133
2Flowery verse: Columella 1051
3Nature's miracles in Pliny's Encyclopaedia67
4A year in the garden with Palladius103
Notes: Tying up loose ends125
Further reading: Where next139
Date chart: As and when143
Indexes: Names and varieties145
Plants (English names; Latin names)145
General topics150

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