The Boys' and Girls' Pliny Vol. 1


Read by Foon

(4.2 stars; 4 reviews)

The Natural History of Pliny the Elder is one of the largest single works to have survived from the Roman Empire. The full work consists of 37 books, covering more than 20.000 topics ranging from astronomy and mathematics to botany and precious stones. The book became a model for later encyclopaedias and gives a fascinating overview of the state of scientific knowledge almost 2000 years ago. This version of the Natural History (or, the "Pliny") has been adapted for a younger audience. This first volume contains Book I (Dedication) and Book II (An Account of the World and the Elements) out of a total of 9 books. ( Foon) (2 hr 6 min)

Reviews

(5 stars)

This book is great for adults as well, making Pliny's scientific writing more accessible without over simplifying it. The footnotes are very helpful and interesting as well. This volume is very short though - looking forward to the next part!

men of science and science of men

(3.5 stars)