[NAFEX] Cato on Farming

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Mon Jun 9 13:02:51 EDT 2003


Hi,

It was "Cato on Farming".

As Cato states in his preface; thieves had to repay twice their theft,
where a money lender would have to repay four times his crime.  A money
lender being significatly worse than a theif.  Their highest compliment
was to call someone a good farmer, or good husbandmen.

Later (to all you good farmers),
Tom

--
Southwest Ontario
Canada Hardiness Zone 5b
(similar to US zone 5)

On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, Thomas Olenio wrote:

> Hello,
>
> It may have been "Cato on Farming".  You should be able to find a complete
> online text in English.  It is very interesting read on how to select a
> farm, treatment of slaves, soil types and what to plant, etc.
>
> But I was also looking at abstracts of Columella's work "De Re Rustica".
>
> Searching for "roman agricultural texts" on Google would also give you a
> broad spectrum of reading.
>
> Lots of Roman agricultural texts have survived and some are translated and
> free on the Internet.
>
> Later,
> tom
>
> --
> Southwest Ontario
> Canada Hardiness Zone 5b
> (similar to US zone 5)
>
> On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, mIEKAL aND wrote:
>
> > Hey Tom, do you perchance remember what text you were looking at or
> > could you back channel me the quote & citation...
> >
> > thanks
> >
> > mIEKAL
> >
> >
> > On Monday, June 9, 2003, at 07:35 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > It is farmers in gerneral who get little respect, though they feed all
> > > of
> > > us.
> > >
> > > Yesterday, I was poking through old Roman texts and the most revered
> > > occupation was farming, the least respected was a money lender.
> > >
> > > The world is totally upside down today by those standards.
> > >
> > > Later,
> > > Tom
> > >
> > > --
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