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The Natural History Volume 1

Pliny the Elder

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. (Summary from Wikipedia) This volume one includes the first five books, covering the following subjects: Book 1- Dedication Book 2 - An account of the world and the elements Books 3 to 5 - An account of countries, nations, seas, towns, havens, mountains, rivers, distances, and peoples who now exist or formerly existed

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. (Summary from Wikipedia) This volume one includes the first five books, covering the following subjects: Book 1- Dedication Book 2 - An account of the world and the elements Books 3 to 5 - An account of countries, nations, seas, towns, havens, mountains, rivers, distances, and peoples who now exist or formerly existed
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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. (Summary from Wikipedia) This volume one includes the first five books, covering the following subjects: Book 1- Dedication Book 2 - An account of the world and the elements Books 3 to 5 - An account of countries, nations, seas, towns, havens, mountains, rivers, distances, and peoples who now exist or formerly existed

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 44m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

31:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:22