The hoe, in several sizes and weights, was a common iron farming tool (
Roman farming implements) that was in widespread use in the Roman world by
farmers for breaking up soil and weeding (see the Smith College Museum
see also Pliny the Elder,
Naturalis Historia 19.33).
Juvenal lists sarcula in a later satire (Satura 15.166), where he again employs the metaphor of farming implements to address the theme of evils in contemporary Rome.