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Jerome the Goat

The German pastor, teacher and court physician Hieronymus Bock (1498-1554) was first a preacher in Hornbach and teacher in Zweibrücken (Rhineland-Palatinate). He gracified (put into Greek) his family name and called himself "Tragos" (goat). Bock became known mainly for his botanical, medical and pharmacological studies. On extensive travels in southern Germany, which took him from the Ardennes in Belgium/France to the Swiss Alps, he was one of the first scientists of his time to try to obtain a comprehensive description of central European plants and their healing properties. The result was his main work "Das Kreütter Buch", which was first published in 1539. Three further editions followed; the 1546 edition also deals with grape varieties. Bock distinguished between "Zamen Weinreben" and "Wild Weinreben". The subject of wild vines is described in detail, as well as 12 "zame" (cultivated) varieties with their viticultural characteristics and their occurrence in the growing regions:

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