Dr Steffens has pointed out several errors, or deviations, in the text, but the Latin version I have cited appears to not entirely agree with him. One evident mistake is the word AETERNIS instead of ALTERNIS at the beginning of the fourth last line. It is only necessary to fallow the fields every alternate year, not forever more. This is a nice little example of how, in the manuscript tradition, a tiny transcription error can significantly alter the meaning. It probably doesn't bear thinking about how many times this may have happened with works we think we know well.
|Virgil's Georgica (Rome, Biblioteca Vaticana, 3256, f.1). (From Steffens 1929, Plate 12b)|
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