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The Roman Book of Gardening

By: John Henderson

152 pages, B/w plates


Paperback | Dec 2004 | #150744 | ISBN: 0415324505
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #150742 | ISBN: 0415324491
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About this book

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. The first book to look at Roman gardening, this is a timely and valuable contribution to our understanding of gardening history, Roman culture and Latin literature.


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 verse: 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 Topics.

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