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Agrarian writers
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A. Greece

Although there are colourful accounts of work in the fields and stock rearing in Homer's epics, especially in the similes and also in the description of the shield (Hom. Il. 18,478 ff.), Hesiod's Erga (late 8th cent. BC) is to be considered the first text that deals extensively with agricultural issues. However, it is not a synthesis of agricultural knowledge in the Archaic period but primarily a normative presentation of morality and lifestyle in the agrari…

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Christmann, Eckhard (Heidelberg), “Agrarian writers”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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