Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Agricultural writings
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A. Concept and ancient foundations

Agricultural writings are the corpus of agrarian knowledge that was formulated and passed down in written form before the advent of institutions. Until the 18th cent., the basis for the tradition was 6 texts from Latin Antiquity:

(1) De agricultura ('On Agriculture') by Marcus Porcius Cato the Elder, a collection of instructions in artless early Latin (1st half of 2nd cent. BC); (2) De re rustica ('On Agriculture', 3 books) by Marcus Terentius Varro, a manual of agriculture lent life as literature by its use of the dialogue form…

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Landfester, Manfred (Gießen), “Agricultural writings”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004893>
First published online: 2015



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