aleator classicus

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Theophrastus, Enquiry into Plants 3.1.6

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A little bit of agricultural advice.

ἁπλῶς γὰρ τὸ μέγιστον (ὥσπερ πολλάκις εἴρηται) τὸ λαβεῖν οἰκείαν ἀέρα καὶ τόπον· ἐκ τούτων γὰρ ἡ εὐθένεια καὶ εὐκαρπία. ταῦτα δὲ ἐναντία φαίνεται τοῖς παρὰ φύσιν ἡμερουμένοις.

In a word, the thing of greatest importance (as has often been said) is that a plant should receive its proper air and location; from these things come abundance and fruitfulness. But they [i.e. air and location] seem to work in the opposite way for plants cultivated contrary to their nature.

Written by aleatorclassicus

May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Theophrastus

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