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Describing an agricultural system which combines horticulture and animals.

Roman mythology

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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...by Virgil in the Aeneid , it is she whose feminine powers lie behind Dido 's almost preventing Aeneas from leaving Carthage to found Rome. As for the other gods, Mars retained a greater importance than he had possessed as Ares in Greece. He was not only a martial god but an agrarian one as well. Diana became a huntress, like her Greek homologue Artemis, and lost much of her early Latin importance in the process. As in some Greek versions of her myth, she was Apollo's sister. Vesta was understood to be a version of the unimportant Greek Hestia , but she...

If SAINT Paul’s day be fair and clear, it will betide a happy year

If SAINT Paul’s day be fair and clear, it will betide a happy year (c 1340)   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)

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... SAINT Paul’s day be fair and clear, it will betide a happy year The Conversion of St. Paul is traditionally celebrated on 25 January. This saying is a reminder of how, in a largely agrarian society, the cycles of the Church calendar and the seasonal activities on the land were linked together. Cf. c 1340 robert of avesbury Hist . ( 1720 ) 266 clara dies Pauli bona tempora denotat anni , a clear St. Paul’s day denotes good times for the year. □ 1584 r. scot Discovery of Witchcraft xi . xv . If Paule th’apostles daie be cleare, it dooth...

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