Daily Readings

4 days

The focus of this topic will be a set of agricultural manual produced by Roman writers.  Each student (or perhaps working in pairs) will focus on one of these texts - including Pliny, Cato, Varro, and Columella - and look at their practices for growing everything from Grain to tree products and animal husbandry.  We will also address possible differences between the learned writings of agronomists and actual farming practices throughout the empire.

Teusday March 27

Readings:

Everyone should choose one of the following agronomic authors and read the sections of the work pertaining to either treatment and preparation of the soil for planting or staple grains (the contents of each works varies greatly, so be flexible about sections and contents when reading.  If you have questions, please e-mail). the longer works (Columella in particular) can be split up between more than one person:

Columella, and Ash. On Agriculture. Loeb Classical Library. Harvard university press, 1941. RESERVE
Cato, De Agricultura”, Also RESERVE
Varro, De Re Rustica, Also RESERVE
Pliny the Elder, The Natural History, BOOK I.
Palladius, De Re Rustica.


Thursday March 29

Readings:

Same as the above but focus on arboriculture, trees, and fruits.


Tuesday April 3 - Secondary Responses

Readings:

Choose one of the following depending on your previous reading:
If you are reading Collumella, I recommend the extended introduction to the book itself.

If you are reading either Cato or Varro, I recommend the following:
White, Roman Agricultural Writers, ANRW COURSES

And finally, if you're reading Pliny or Palladius, I recommend reading this Introduction to Roman Farming.

Thursday March 29

Readings:

Once again, we will return to the primary sources and discuss their content in round-table format, but this time people should choose a section of the work that appears unique or different based on our previous discussions.  Pick something that interests you or that we haven't previously talked about...go nuts.

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