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De re rustica

Several ancient authors wrote textbooks on agriculture under this title (On Rural Affairs), some of which took extensive account of viticulture. Petrus de Crescentiis gives his work a slightly different title, but also deals with the same subject. He quotes several authors and takes the structure of Columella's work as a model. The author Cassianus Bassus also deals with the same subject in his work "Eklogai peri georgias", using the works of around 30 ancient authors. This then gave rise to the work known as the Geoponika in the 10th century:

  • Cassianus Bassus (late 6th to early 7th century) - "Eklogai peri georgias" (Greek) "Eclogae de re rustica" (Latin)
  • Cato the Elder (234-149 B.C.) - also "De agri cultura"
  • Columella (1st century) - also "Rei rusticae libri duodecim"
  • Palladius (4th century) - also "Opus agriculturae"
  • Petrus de Crescentiis (1230/1233-1320/1321) - "Ruralia commoda
  • Varro (116-27 B.C.) - also "Res rusticae" or "Rerum rusticarum libri tres

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