Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus maior), Naturalis historia
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A. Life and work

Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus maior (b. Comum AD 23/24, d. Stabiae AD 79), ‘Pliny the Elder’ (P.), was an inexhaustibly creative figure who devoted every spare moment to his studies. He died observing the eruption of Vesuvius. All that we know of his biography comes from his own testimony, the letters of his nephew, Pliny the Younger (Plin. Ep. 3,5; 6,16; 6,20) and the fragments of a biography by Suetonius (in the section De historicis in De viris illustribus, fr. 80 Reifferscheid)…

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Berno, Francesca Romana, “Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus maior), Naturalis historia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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