The Thought of Pliny the Elder
By (author) Mary Beagon
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Roman Nature by Mary Beagon
Book DescriptionPliny's Natural History has too often been regarded as simply a quarry for quaint stories - a view which has tended to overshadow its overall structure and purpose. Dr Beagon redresses the balance and illuminates the Natural History as the work of an author with an identifiable mode of thinking and a coherent attitude towards his clearly-stated theme, Nature. Taking its cue from Pliny, the book examines his cosmology and in particular his portrayal of the relationship between Nature and the creation he considered her greatest, Man. Author and work are also placed in their wider literary and historical context. Pliny himself emerges no longer as a faceless compiler, but as a character with a valuable contribution to make to an understanding of intellectual attitudes in the first century AD. A more typical Roman than most of the intellectual authors studied today, he can offer a much more accurate picture of the Roman in his 'natural' setting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198147268
(224mm x 145mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jun-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Pliny the Elder's fascination with the world around him resulted in his death in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, but his "Natural History" was to remain influential for centuries after his death. This volume provides a detailed commentary on this key book, together with a translation and an introduction.
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Author Biography - Mary Beagon
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