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- Standardized title:
- Geoponica. English
- Other title:
- Farm work
Modern translation of the Roman and Byzantine farming handbook
- Tornes , Devon : Prospect Books, 2011.
368 p. ; 24 cm.
- Agriculture -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
- "This remarkable anthology of classical agricultural texts, entitled 'Farm Work' or 'Geoponika', was compiled at the behest of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (AD 913-959). Under his direction a series of handbooks was produced, distilling useful knowledge from more than a millennium of Greek and Latin writing on various subjects of practical use from diplomacy and siege warfare to farming. It is of particular value to modern scholars because it quotes from texts that have long since been lost to the world, particularly from authors of the late classical period whose works reflected the agricultural practices of Anatolia, Africa and the Near East. Although the 'Geoponika' has been known in Britain since it was first published here in 1704, there has only been the one English translation, by the Rev. Thomas Owen in 1804/5. Andrew Dalby has considered the original afresh, learning on the more modern edition of the Greek by Beckh in 1894, and has come up with a more fluent and comprehensible version for the present-day reader. His expertise in matters of food and cookery in the classical and Byzantine world has contributed greatly to the wider utility of his translation. So little is known, or published, about Byzantine food culture and domestic economy that this book should be a really important step forward for students and scholars alike"--Publisher's description, p.  of dust jacket.
- Based on a colleciton made by Cassianus Bassus.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-352) and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Orville H. Bullitt Classics Fund.
- Cassianus Bassus, Scholasticus.
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, Emperor of the East, 905-959.
Dalby, Andrew, 1947-
Orville H. Bullitt Classics Fund.
- Web link:
- The Orville H. Bullitt Classics Fund Home Page