Natural History

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Penguin Books Limited, 1991 - History - 399 pages
10 Reviews
Pliny’s Natural History is an astonishingly ambitious work that ranges from astronomy to art and from geography to zoology. Mingling acute observation with often wild speculation, it offers a fascinating view of the world as it was understood in the first century AD, whether describing the danger of diving for sponges, the first water-clock, or the use of asses’ milk to remove wrinkles. Pliny himself died while investigating the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii in AD 79, and the natural curiosity that brought about his death is also very much evident in the Natural History – a book that proved highly influential right up until the Renaissance and that his nephew, Pliny the younger, described ‘as full of variety as nature itself’.

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Review: Natural History: A Selection

User Review  - Acaerounkr - Goodreads

Rather than review I want to make clear a concern of mine with this particular edition. The cover shows a painting from an earlier cover for a reprinted manuscript of the text in the 15th century. I ... Read full review

Review: Natural History: A Selection

User Review  - Zack - Goodreads

Pliny the Elder's Natural History provides the reader with an excellent overview of what life was seen as during his time. As editor and translator, John F. Healy has produced an excellent selection of Pliny's works in a very readable translation with helpful, but not cumbersome, notes. Read full review

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Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 - 79AD), better known as Pliny the Elder, studied botany and philosophy in Rome before serving in the military. He was later Porcurator in Gallia, whilst continuing to accumulate knowledge on everything from grammar to the history of the German wars. He created the first known encyclopedia.

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