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Arranging a Roman farm (Cato 3)

The following quote continues my modern translation of Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  Please see below for further explanation.  There is a small amount of agricultural terminology in this quote, so please also see below for some information about that. Arranging … Continue reading

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Etiquette on the Horsebus

Snippets 156. During the latter half of the 19th Century, horse drawn omnibuses were a popular means of transport.  Some of these were even double decker, with uncovered benches on the top deck.  A familiar sight greeting a traveller at … Continue reading

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Running a Roman farm (Cato 2)

The following quote continues my modern translation of Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  We’ll dive straight into the text, but please see below for further explanation. The duties of the owner When you have arrived at your country house and greeted … Continue reading

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A Meeting on a Volcano

Snippets 155. In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe, spending much of his time in Italy, due principally to his interest in the Catholic faith in the country. After visiting Rome, Florence and Naples, … Continue reading

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Richard Cobden and Midhurst

Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was a successful businessman, trading in muslin and calico. In 1828 he became co-owner of a calico printing factory in Manchester. His travels in the course of his business life convinced him of the importance of free … Continue reading

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Buying a farm (Cato 1)

The first Roman prose writer of any importance was Cato the Elder (234-149BC). Like many early writers in Latin, little of his work survives, and only one complete book: Agriculture (De Agri Cultura). The book gives advice about how to … Continue reading

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The English need to travel

Snippets 154.  Last week we looked at a quote from John Bull and His Island (1883), by Max O’Rell, in which the author (who hailed from France) examines the peculiar character of the English and what sets them apart from … Continue reading

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