Roman Book of Gardening / Edition 1

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Overview

"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: 3/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Note on the text
Preface: Preparing the ground 1
Introduction: Reserving a plot: from Virgil 29
1 Produce in prose: from Columella 11 33
2 Flowery verse: Columella 10 51
3 Nature's miracles in Pliny's Encyclopaedia 67
4 A year in the garden with Palladius 103
Notes: Tying up loose ends 125
Further reading: Where next 139
Date chart: As and when 143
Indexes: Names and varieties 145
Plants (English names; Latin names) 145
General topics 150
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