Geoponika: Farm Work - A Modern Translation of the Roman and Byzantine Farming Handbook

Geoponika: Farm Work - A Modern Translation of the Roman and Byzantine Farming Handbook

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By (author) Andrew Dalby

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  • Publisher: PROSPECT BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 238mm x 38mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Blackawton
  • ISBN 10: 1903018692
  • ISBN 13: 9781903018699
  • Sales rank: 484,364

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It was a gathering together of many classical and post-classical agricultural works, from Pliny in ancient Rome to the 7th-century Cassianus Bassus and the 4th-century Vindonius Anatolius. Many of these no longer survive, making the Geoponika the more valuable. It is a source both for ancient Roman agricultural practice in the West, and for understanding Near Eastern agriculture and what went on in Byzantine Anatolia. It was once translated into English, in the early 19th century, but has usually only been accessible to scholars of Greek. The history of the manuscript is extremely complicated.

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Andrew Dalby is a classical and food historian whose translations of Cato and of Byzantine dietary texts (Prospect) have been welcomed, and whose dictionary of classical food (Routledge) and history of spices (California and British Museum) have been universally praised.