Nothing is New Under the Sun

“A farm is undoubtedly more profitable, so far as the buildings are concerned if you construct them more according to the thrift of the ancients than the luxury of the moderns; for the former built to suit the size of their crops, while the latter build to suit their unbridled luxury. Hence their farms cost more than their dwelling-houses, while now the opposite is usually the case. “

– Varro, On Farming (36 BC)

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