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De Agricultura

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By: (236 BC - 149 BC)

De Agricultura by Marcus Porcius Cato is a fascinating work that provides valuable insights into ancient Roman agriculture and farming practices. Written in the 2nd century BC, this book serves as a practical guide for landowners, offering advice on a wide range of topics such as crop cultivation, animal husbandry, and estate management.

One of the standout features of this book is its detailed instructions on how to grow a variety of crops, including wheat, barley, olives, and vines. Cato provides specific recommendations on when and how to plant these crops, as well as how to care for them throughout the growing season. His emphasis on the importance of proper soil preparation and irrigation techniques demonstrates his deep knowledge of agricultural practices.

Furthermore, De Agricultura offers invaluable tips on how to oversee a successful agricultural enterprise, from selecting the right farm workers to managing finances and overseeing construction projects. Cato's practical advice on how to run a profitable farm is still relevant today, making this book a timeless resource for anyone interested in agriculture and farming.

Overall, De Agricultura is a must-read for history enthusiasts, farmers, and anyone interested in learning about ancient Roman culture and society. Cato's straightforward writing style and practical advice make this book a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their understanding of agriculture and farming practices in the ancient world.

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Noted for being the most extensive piece of early Latin prose, it abounds in archaic imperatives and shows an almost total lack of subordinate clauses. Its subject matter is the pedestrian business of managing a Roman farm in the second century BC. The simplicity, however, may be only partially genuine. For Cato had a strong political and social agenda, based on the rejection of foreign, i.e., Greek, influences and the fostering of traditional Roman values, for which the persona of the plain rustic speaker may have proved useful.

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