Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics)

Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics)

Pliny’s Natural History is an astonishingly formidable paintings that levels from astronomy to paintings and from geography to zoology. Mingling acute remark with frequently wild hypothesis, it bargains a desirable view of the area because it was once understood within the first century advert, even if describing the risk of diving for sponges, the 1st water-clock, or using asses’ milk to take away wrinkles. Pliny himself died whereas investigating the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii in advert seventy nine, and the average interest that caused his loss of life is additionally a great deal obvious within the normal background — a e-book that proved hugely influential correct up until eventually the Renaissance and that his nephew, Pliny the more youthful, defined ‘as filled with sort as nature itself’.

John F. Healy has made a desirable and sundry choice from the Natural History for this transparent, sleek translation. In his advent, he discusses the ebook and its assets subject by means of subject. This version additionally incorporates a complete index and notes.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes by way of exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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