Category Archives: Nature

Not Worth Stealing

Quick Quotes 23.  John Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the push for the establishment of National Parks in the USA.  The following quote is taken from his account of … Continue reading

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A Miserable Winter in Rome

Snippets 188. In 1817 Henry Matthews went on a “tour in pursuit of health”, and wrote about his experiences in Diary of an Invalid, in 1820. His first port of call was Lisbon, and from there he travelled to Italy.  … Continue reading

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A Painful Journey

Snippets 178. We have previously looked at a few snippets from Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, by George Head, published in 1829.  Head was the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of … Continue reading

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Cabbages: Miracle Cure (Cato 8)

Recently I have been providing modern translations of some selected passages from Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  In this final quote we finally reach Cato’s chosen specialist subject: cabbages.  Please see below for further information about this series of quotes. The … Continue reading

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A Roman Housekeeper (Cato 7)

Recently I have been providing modern translations of some selected passages from Cato’s De Agri Cultura.  In this penultimate quote, we will see what Cato thought were the duties of the housekeeper, who would often be the wife of the … Continue reading

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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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