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Animal Husbandry

Overview page. Subjects: History by Period.

Concerned not only with ‘domestic animals,’ but also bees and silkworms. Throughout the MA, animals for the most part were allowed to wander free; thus horses, for example, were often ...

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Cato the Elder

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

‘Cato the Censor’ (234–149bc) (‘Censorius’) was a dominant figure in both the political and the cultural life of Rome in the first half of the 2nd cent. bc. A novus homo (roughly, the first...

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Columella

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

(cf. CIL 9. 235) fl. ad 50, b. Gades (mod. Cádiz) in Spain (Rust. 8. 16. 9; 10. 185), author of the most systematic extant Roman agricultural manual (written c.ad 60–5) in twelve books....

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foods, prepared

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

1. Documentary sources2. Typical meals3. Specific dishes

1. Documentary sources

2. Typical meals

3. Specific...

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Geoponika

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Περὶ γεωργίας ἐκλογαί), collection of excerpts on agriculture dedicated to Constantine VII; probably compiled 944–59.

The Geoponika deals with grain production, horticulture,...

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reclamation

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

One of the most important achievements of the MA was the large-scale reclamation of land. These reclamation projects have influenced the current landscape structure of Europe. For the most...

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Roman agriculture

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

By modern standards Roman agriculture was technically simple, average yields were low, transport was difficult and costly, and storage was inefficient. This limited urbanization (and hence...

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veterinary medicine

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The science and practice of medicine in which animals rather than humans are the patients. Usually this means domestic animals, farm livestock, and pets. It is an important aspect of public...

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villa

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

1 Antique Roman country-house or farmstead of three basic types:villa rustica:house in the country with spacious accommodation for the owner and his family, and quarters for...

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