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Natural History

A Selection

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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  • Introduction
    Further Reading
    Translator's Note
    Natural HistoryPreface
    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
    Book VII. Man
    Book VIII. Land Animals
    Book IX. Creatures of the Sea
    Book X. Birds
    Book XI. Insects
    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
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 448
Erscheinungsdatum 29.08.1991
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-044413-1
Verlag Penguin Books UK
Maße (L/B/H) 19,7/12,8/2,2 cm
Gewicht 286 g
Übersetzer John Healey
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