By Signe Isager, Jens Erik Skydsgaard
The preliminary concentration of historical Greek Agriculture is firmly at the paintings of agriculture right, the instruments and the strategy, the vegetation cultivated and the animals reared. Thereafter, Isager and Skydsgaard specialise in the placement of agriculture within the society of gods and males within the Greek city-states . The arguments of historical Greek Agriculture are bolstered by way of the book's shut adherence to modern Greek assets, literary in addition to archaeological, fending off using later in addition to Roman fabric.
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The advantage of this form of propagation is evident. Before being grafted the tree has taken root and is in full growth; therefore, you can avoid watering it during its first year, a work which can be extremely cumbersome in a mountainous terrain far from the nearest supply of water. Actually, planting of trees from nurseries is the easiest way in relatively accessible areas to which water may be transported without unreasonable difficulty, for instance by using donkeys or mules. Presumably, it is also possible to move such self-sown wild trees, with their roots in a clod of earth, in the humid periods of autumn and winter.
Today normal practice is to prune the olive tree very heavily, when necessary, but we are not informed of the practice in ancient Greece. 16). 20. Androtion as an agricultural writer is not well known; see the Loeb edn of Theophrastus, CP 1. xx ff. (Einarson 1976). 39 Obviously, pruning of olive trees was not a regular work to be done at a certain time every year. We have now arrived at a picture of the growing of the olive tree with tilling of the soil and with pruning. The fact that according to Androtion the olive tree thrives with water and fertilizer does not, of course, tell us whether watering and fertilizing were typical.
3). One might have expected him to continue using the terminology introduced at the beginning, but this is not the case. Elsewhere he is fond of using words the meaning of which is not entirely clear to us. Hence, once we get down to details, there is a series of problems where interpretation is extremely difficult or even impossible. One difficulty is that the verb phyteuein (as well as related concepts – phyteia, and so on) is used about the placing of cuttings as well as about transplantation, layering, grafting and budding.
Ancient Greek Agriculture: An Introduction by Signe Isager, Jens Erik Skydsgaard