Category Archives: Nature

Making Wine, the Roman Way (Cato 6)

Recently I have been providing modern translations of some selected passages from Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  The following quotes are from the section of the book concerning winemaking.  Please see below for further explanation of this series of articles, and … Continue reading

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550 Pints and Some Strong Shoes (Cato 5)

In the previous four posts in this series I have been providing modern translations of Cato’s De Agri Cultura, and have included all the text from the start.  We have now reached a point in the book where we get … Continue reading

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A Roman Farm Manager (Cato 4)

The following quote continues my modern translation of Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  Please see below for further explanation. The duties of the manager These are the duties of the manager. He should maintain discipline. He should observe the feast days. … Continue reading

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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. Arranging the farm In his youth, the farmer should diligently plant his land, but he should think carefully before he builds anything. … 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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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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