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The Natural History, volume 2

The Natural History, volume 2 by Pliny the Elder

The Natural History, volume 2 by Pliny the Elder is a comprehensive and informative text that covers a wide range of topics related to the natural world. From animals and plants to minerals and precious stones, this book provides a wealth of information on the various species and elements that make up the world around us.

One of the standout features of this book is the level of detail that the author goes into when discussing each topic. Not only does he provide descriptions of the various species and elements, but he also delves into their histories, uses, and cultural significance. This makes the book a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the natural world.

Another impressive aspect of the book is the author's writing style. Pliny the Elder's prose is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along and absorb the information presented. His passion for the natural world is evident in every page, making the book a joy to read.

Overall, The Natural History, volume 2 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in nature and the world around us. With its wealth of information, engaging writing style, and passionate author, this book is sure to captivate and educate readers of all backgrounds.

Book Description:

Naturalis Historia (Latin for "Natural History") is an encyclopedia published circa AD 77-79 by Pliny the Elder. It is one of the largest single works to have survived from the Roman empire to the modern day and purports to cover the entire field of ancient knowledge, based on the best authorities available to Pliny. The work became a model for all later encyclopedias in terms of the breadth of subject matter examined, the need to reference original authors, and a comprehensive index list of the contents. The scheme of his great work is vast and comprehensive, being nothing short of an encyclopedia of learning and of art so far as they are connected with nature or draw their materials from nature. The work divides neatly into the organic world of plants and animals, and the realm of inorganic matter, although there are frequent digressions in each section. He is especially interested in not just describing the occurrence of plants, animals and insects, but also their exploitation (or abuse) by man, especially Romans. The description of metals and minerals is particularly detailed, and valuable for the history of science as being the most extensive compilation still available from the ancient world.

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