Gaius Plinius Secundus

[Pliny The Elder]

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Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 AD – August 25, 79 AD), better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. Spending most of his spare time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, he wrote an encyclopedic work, ... more »

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  • ''The only certainty is that nothing is certain.''
    Pliny The Elder (c. 23-79), Roman scholar. Historia Naturalis, bk. 2, ch. 7.
  • ''Man is the only one that knows nothing, that can learn nothing without being taught. He can neither speak nor walk nor eat, and in short he can do nothing at the prompting of nature only, but weep.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 7, sct. 4.
  • ''With a grain of salt.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 23, sct. 8. Pliny himself, in his writings, appeared to make no distinction between t...
  • ''There is always something new out of Africa.''
    Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 8, sct. 17. Greek proverb quoted by Pliny; Out of Africa was the English title for Is...
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