The Roman Book of Gardening

The Roman Book of Gardening

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The first book to look at this particular subject, The Roman Book of Gardening brings together an extraordinarily varied selection of texts on Roman horticulture, celebrating herb and vegetable gardening in verse and prose spanning five centuries. In 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. We also hear of the digging, hoeing, planting and weeding which then, as now, went into creating the perfect garden. This is a timely and valuable contribution to our understanding of gardening history, Roman culture and Latin more

Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 150 line drawings, 9 b&w photographs
  • 0415324505
  • 9780415324502
  • 1,873,243

About John Henderson

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).show more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Note on the Text Preface: Preparing the Ground Introduction: Reserving a Plot: From Virgil, Georgic Four 1. Produce in Prose: From Columella 11 2. Flowery Cerse: Columella 10 3. Nature's Miracles in Pliny's Encyclopaedia 4. A Year in the Garden with Palladius Notes: Tying up Loose Ends Further Reading: Where Next Date Chart: As and When Indexes: Names and Varieties Plants (English Names; Latin Names General Topicsshow more