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Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics)

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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’.

John F. Healy has made a fascinating and varied selection from the Natural History for this clear, modern translation. In his introduction, he discusses the book and its sources topic by topic. This edition also includes a full index and notes.

Synopsis:

Gaius Plinius Secundus - Pliny the Elder - was born in AD 21. He served both as a cavalry officer in Germania and as procurator and combined with this public service a deep interest in science. This book is Pliny's sole surviving work.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Further Reading

Translator's Note

Natural History Preface

The Universe and the World

Book II. Astronomy

Book III. Spain and Italy

Book IV. Europe and Britain

Book V. The Continents of Africa and Asia

Book VI. The Black Sea, India, and the Far East

Zoology

Book VII. Man

Book VIII. Land Animals

Book IX. Creatures of the Sea

Book X. Birds

Book XI. Insects

Botany

Books XII-XIII. Trees

Book XIV. Vines and Viticulture

Book XV. The Olive and Other Fruit-Trees

Book XVI. Forest Trees

Book XVIII. Agriculture

Materia Medica

Book XX. Drugs Obtained from Garden Plants

Books XI-XXII. Flowers and Herbs

Book XXIII. The Vine and the Walnut

Book XXIV. Drugs Obtained from Foreign Trees

Book XXV. The Nature of Wild Plants

Book XXVI. Diseases and Their Remedies

Book XXVII. More Plants Used in Medicine

Book XXVIII. Drugs Obtained from Man; Magic and Superstition

Book XXIX. Medicine, Doctors and Medical Practice

Book XXX. Magic

Book XXXI. Water

Book XXXII. Fish and Aquatic Creatures

Mining and Minerals

Book XXXIII. Gold and Silver

Book XXXIV. Copper and Bronze Sculpture, Tin, Lead and Iron

Book XXXV. Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

Book XXXVI. Stones, Minerals and Monuments

Book XXXVII. Precious Stones

Key to Place-Names

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140444131
Author:
Healy, John F.
Author:
Pliny
Author:
Secundius Gaisus Pliny the Elder
Author:
Healey, John F.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Roman Literature
Subject:
Pre-linnean works
Subject:
Natural history -- Pre-Linnean works.
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
9403
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.72x5.18x1.11 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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