Ancient Greek Agriculture: An Introduction by Signe Isager, Jens Erik Skydsgaard

By Signe Isager, Jens Erik Skydsgaard

The preliminary concentration of historical Greek Agriculture is firmly at the artwork of agriculture right, the instruments and the method, the crops cultivated and the animals reared. Thereafter, Isager and Skydsgaard specialise in the location of agriculture within the society of gods and males within the Greek city-states . The arguments of historical Greek Agriculture are bolstered by means of the book's shut adherence to modern Greek assets, literary in addition to archaeological, keeping off using later in addition to Roman fabric.

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It is noteworthy that not many essential archaeological data concerning grain and other cultivated plants from the historical period appear to have been published, whereas prehistoric archaeology has been aware, to a far larger degree, of the possibilities of studying organic material, for instance, carbonized grain or impressions in pottery. In fact, we know more of 12. Fundamental is Jardé 1979, Heichelheim 1935 and Moritz 1955a and 1955b; most recently there is Amouretti 1986, more systematic than historical.

The description is kept on a theoretical level, and the sorts are not itemized by name, nor is anything said about their yielding capacity or their profitableness. Interest is concentrated on the xylem of the vine. Reflections on the laying-out of new vineyards follow, also with regard to the plant hole, gyros. Digging at the beginning of spring is recommended. 5 Vine, Chios 31 T H E A R T O F A G R I CU LT U R E Pruning of the newly established vineyard is equally important, inasmuch as a vigorous dehorning will strengthen the roots.

The word means ‘anything dragged or swept together’ (Liddell, Scott and Jones), that is, probably, the ‘chaff’. Chortos normally means ‘grass for fodder’. 10) has chortos kouphos (‘hay’) put into leather sacks to cross the Euphrates. In our context it could, of course, be hay; but rather it is the straw, as by threshing you get three products – grain, straw and chaff. For chortos in Egypt see Schnebel 1925, 211 ff. 25 T H E A R T O F A G R I CU LT U R E confine ourselves to a reference to Osborne, who also discusses this matter and cautiously points to three- and tenfold as possible extremes for the seed-to-yield ratio.

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