Natural History, A Selection

Natural History, A Selection

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Publisher: London, England :, Penguin Books,, 2004, ©2004.
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9780140444131
Branch Call Number: 508 PLI 2004
Characteristics: xliii, 399 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Healy, John F. - Translator

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Sep 16, 2017

From beginning to end, this is a reference book for all curious minds. Ranging from zoology to mining and minerals, from botany to medicine, Pliny accounts and summarizes the corpus of nature in an extensive oeuvre: natural history is the product of reading around 2,000 volumes, 20,000 facts and more than 100 authors.

Translation is well done and offers insightful information in the foot notes about the context and modern interpretation of some of the lines; besides this, the author kindly offers a mapping table of place names, from ancient name to modern name or region. The selection of passages is concise and omits most of the digressions that Pliny recurs to in the original 37 books.

Dedicated to Titus, this selection of Natural history gives you vast knowledge for “those those who have time to devote to these pursuits”: for the epicureans, for the extravagant & wise men.

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