Pliny: Natural History, Volume VIII: Books 28-32. Index of Fishes. (Loeb Classical Library No. 418)

Pliny Natural History Volume VIII Books Index of Fishes Loeb Classical Library No Pliny the Elder tireless researcher and writer is author of the encyclopedic Natural History in books an unrivaled compendium of Roman knowledge The contents of the books are as follows Book

Pliny the Elder, tireless researcher and writer, is author of the encyclopedic Natural History, in 37 books, an unrivaled compendium of Roman knowledge.The contents of the books are as follows Book 1 table of contents of the others and of authorities 2 mathematical and metrological survey of the universe 3 6 geography and ethnography of the known world 7 anthropoPliny the Elder, tireless researcher and writer, is author of the encyclopedic Natural History, in 37 books, an unrivaled compendium of Roman knowledge.The contents of the books are as follows Book 1 table of contents of the others and of authorities 2 mathematical and metrological survey of the universe 3 6 geography and ethnography of the known world 7 anthropology and the physiology of man 8 11 zoology 12 19 botany, agriculture, and horticulture 20 27 plant products as used in medicine 28 32 medical zoology 33 37 minerals and medicine , the fine arts, and gemstones.The Loeb Classical Library edition of Natural History is in ten volumes.

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Pliny: Natural History, Volume VIII: Books 28-32. Index of Fishes. (Loeb Classical Library No. 418)

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  1. Gaius Plinius Secundus 23 AD August 25, 79 AD , better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian Spending most of his spare time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, he wrote an encyclopedic work, Naturalis Historia, which became a model for all such works written subsequently Pliny the Younger, his nephew, wrote of him in a letter to the historian Tacitus For my part I deem those blessed to whom, by favour of the gods, it has been granted either to do what is worth writing of, or to write what is worth reading above measure blessed those on whom both gifts have been conferred In the latter number will be my uncle, by virtue of his own and of your compositions Pliny the Younger is referring to the fact that Tacitus relied on his uncle s now missing work on the History of the German Wars Pliny the Elder died on August 25, 79 AD, while attempting the rescue by ship of a friend and his family from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that had just destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum The prevailing wind would not allow his ship to leave the shore His companions attributed his collapse and death to toxic fumes but they were unaffected by the fumes, suggesting natural causes.

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Pliny: Natural History, Volume VIII: Books 28-32. Index of Fishes. (Loeb Classical Library No. 418) Comment

  1. NATURAL HISTORY Volume IV, Books 24 32 79 AD Pliny, the Elder .Continuing with this massive read by Pliny, I continue to be overwhelmed at the amount of information that he gathered to generate this encyclopedia I suspect that this work has been deeply mined by the pharmaceutical experts of the world to see if there are basis in fact for the various beneficial results claimed by the author Most of the information is likely to be anecdotal, but I m sure that follow up was the normal response that [...]


  2. The appendix note puts the whole thing into perspective Pliny scorns the scientific Grrek medicine, because many doctors would be quacks, and extols old Roman treatments which worked on faith alone, though there was a lot of credulity going round, so some probably worked He gives the lot and from that lot you acquire a fairly good idea of the lives of people at the time.


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