Argonauta. Part 2

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Antolini, Sergio [Author]

Publisher Milling & Grain
Year of publication 2021 September

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Arts, culture and heritage
Economics & commerce > Feeding the World


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Author - Dr Sergio Antolini, Ocrim & Paglierani of Cremona, Italy

Animals eat when they are hungry,
(...) man, hungry even from future hunger, strives.
- Thomas Hobbes

Here we are in the time of the biosphere, in which many people begin to contend for the origins of wheat.
In 63BC Strabo, historian, and philosopher citing Aristobolo, identifies the banks of the Indus as the homeland of the seed, Linnaeus brings it back to the Caucasus region, Durbeau de Lamalle indicates Egypt, while Ethiopia is named by Thiebaud de Bernard.

The Italian botanist Antonio Bertoloni is unbalanced in favor of the Sicilian origin, comforted by quotations in the Odyssey, while the Russian scholar Vavilov moves the origins of wheat to the Middle East (Turkey and Afghanistan). All the areas listed above may have been the origin of the cereal, but for sure the Middle East, the Fertile Crescent, Mesopotamia, cradle of the ancient civilizations of Sumerians, Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians and Egyptians, will be the scene of the radical change of history of man.

And it is precisely on that territory, in the shape of a half moon, crossed by the Nile, Jordan, Tigris and Euphrates rivers, that the tribes begin to concentrate in the city, where writing is invented and where the first techniques of agriculture are applied: everything this defines the concept of civilization, a prelude to the noosphere….Read more.


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