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THE IMPROVED

ART OF FARRIERY

AND COMPLETE

FARMER'S GUIDE.

A BRIEF SURVEY OF THE RISE AND PRO.

GRESS OF THE VETERINARY ART.

The veterinary art appears to be of considerable antiquity. Among the Greeks, the philosophic Xenophon did not esteem the subiect unworthy of his attention. His work (De re Equestri), proves that the study of the horse was held to be of considerable importance by many great men even in those days. When the glory of Greece had declined, and imperial Rome had snatched the laurel of victory from her brow, we find the subject became more general; and among the many authors treating on it figure the names of Varro and Virgil, who flourished in the age of Augustus, the golden period of Roman literature. A treatise by Columella, (entitled De re Rustica), is particularly devoted to the subject: he wrote in the time of Claudius.

Nothing, however, of importance on the subject appeared till Vegetius, in the latter part of the third century, embodied in his writings all that could be culled from both Greek and Roman authors; and so ably had he treated on this head that for ages it was re

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