On Husbondrie

Palladius Taurus Æmilianus was a Roman author who lived and wrote around the 4th century. Very little is known about Palladius except that his work on husbandry obtained some celebrity. The aim of this site is to make Palladius' work more widely available; it springs from my own unsuccessful quest to obtain a copy of On Husbondrie.

On Husbondrie was last translated into English sometime after Chaucer and hence is in Middle English. It is a poetic rendering of Palladius' work and has value for both the classical and the linguistic scholar. The text posted here is from the Early English Text Society's publication of the manuscript found at Colchester, England. It was published in 1879 and edited by the Rev. Barton Lodge. In addition to the books and grammar posted here, the 1879 edition also includes a 'Ryme Index'. More information on the manuscript and the author himself is found in the preface.

To assist the reader in understanding the language of this text, the grammar from the 1879 edition will eventually be posted. In the meantime, visit some of the links below for further help. It is also helpful to remember that reading the text aloud will help the reader to better understand the language.

This is a one-person show, so it will take some time to get all the elements of the site up and running. In the meantime, if you have any comments on the layout and navigation, or suggestions for other links, please take the time to send me an email. I make no promises of my proofreading skills when it comes to Middle English, so if you find errors of any sort, please pass them along to me via email. Please include the numbers of the book, verse and line if possible. Lastly, if you know of any other classic authors whose works are no longer under copyright and which you think should be made available on the internet, please pass that along as well.

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For help in understanding Middle English:

Middle English--Grammar Simply laid out, this page has charts explaining the declension and conjugation of nouns, pronouns and verbs in Middle English.

Geoffrey Chaucer Page: Teach yourself to read Chaucer's Middle English A series of on-line lessons based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Middle English Brief outline of the grammar and history of Middle English.

Early English Text Society The website for the society which originally published On Hosbondrie. They publish many other early English texts as well. Part of the Oxford University Press.

Other classical texts available on the internet:

Here are a few quick links to classical texts. There are many more texts on-line; check the classical links below.

Frontinus Aqueducts of Rome

Pliny the Elder Natural History (Latin)

Herodotus History

Vitruvius De Architectura


Other classical sites:

Greek & Roman Science & Technology by T. Rhill at the University of Wales, Swansea. Includes biographies of ancient authors, information on ancient science and technology, and many useful links to other sites. Also included is a list of links to on-line texts and translations.

Lacus Curtius: Roman World An excellent site with all kinds of information about the Roman world. Includes Smith's dictionary and texts in English and Latin. By B. Thayer at the University of Kansas.

E-Classics Links to hypertext books on mythology (eg, Bullfinch) and texts by ancient authors including Homer, Plato and Plutarch, among others.

Perseus Digital Library--Classics

Classics Page Links to Latin texts, classical associations and groups, journals, discussion lists, books, software and Latin resources as well as general classic links.

Medea Links to classics sites.

Greece and Rome Journal published by Oxford University Press.

Ancient World Web

University of Cambridge Classics Department


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