Born Novum Comum, Gallia Cisalpina, (Como, Italy), 22 or 23
Died Stabiae, (Campania, Italy), August 79
Pliny's Natural History described the known state of astronomy and astrology, and was influential for 1,000 years or more.
Pliny's Natural History, in 37 volumes, contained, he wrote, “twenty thousand noteworthy facts obtained from one hundred authors … with a great number of other facts in addition that were either ignored by our predecessors or have been discovered by subsequent experience.” This composition was Pliny's last, for the natural spectacles that he so admired led him to his death: As commander of the Imperial Fleet at Misenum, he had set sail partly for a closer look at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and partly to rescue those stranded by the same eruption. Landing at Stabiae, he judged the situation safe enough to bathe, sup, and snore through the night. But just before dawn, Pliny was awakened for immediate evacuation. The exertion and excitement must...
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Kwan, A. (2007). Pliny the Elder.
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