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Praxidicus (sive Praxidica?)

Not the same work as Parerga (pp. 592–3)? Perhaps it was a transcription in verse of some Hellenistic work of an astrological kind (thus Crusius, Phil., LVII, 642–7; Wilamowitz-Möllendorff, Hermes, XXXIV, 637, who, however, does not attribute the Latin work to our poet). Ribbeck (Rh. Mus., XLI, 631–2) suggests that the work was agri-

Plinius, N.H., 1, XVIII: Ex Accio qui Praxidica scripsit. Id., N.H., XVIII, 200: Adiecit his Accius in Praxidico ut sereretur cum luna esset in ariete geminis leone libra aquario.

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The Practical Adviser (or Practical Hints?)

cultural and was named after the goddess Praxidice, and would read Praxidicam and in Praxidica in the passages of Pliny here given. Praxidice was the same as Proserpina (Persephone), goddess of the spring. But I take the word as representing the Greek πραξιδικός, from πραξίδιον, diminutive of πρᾶξις.

The Index to Pliny’s Natural History: From Accius who wrote Practical Hints.

Pliny: Accius in The Practical Adviser added to these precepts the advice that sowings should be made when the moon was in the midst of The Ram, The Twins, The Lion, The Balance, and The Water-Carrier.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.accius-practical_adviser_practical_hints.1936