Res Rusticae

M. Terentius Varro

Et quoniam, ut aiunt, dei facientes adiuvant, prius invocabo eos, nec, ut Homerus et Ennius, Musas, sed duodecim deos Consentis; neque tamen eos urbanos, quorum imagines ad forum auratae stant, sex mares et feminae totidem, sed illos XII deos, qui maxime agricolarum duces sunt.

And since, as they say, the gods help those who take action, first I will invoke them--not, as Homer and Ennius did, the Muses, but the twelve favoring deities; and not those urban deities, whose gilded images stand in the forum six male and six female in total, but those twelve gods who are especially the guides of farmers.

Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from M. Terentius Varro: On Agriculture, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 283, translated by W.D. Hooper, H.B. Ash, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1934, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.