Pliny the Elder, tireless researcher and writer, is author of the encyclopedic Natural History, in 37 books, an unrivaled compendium of Roman knowledge. The contents of the books are as follows. Book 1: table of contents of the others and of authorities; 2: mathematical and metrological survey of the universe; 3-6: geography and ethnography of the known world; 7: anthropology and the physiology of man; 8-11: zoology; 12-19: botany, agriculture, and horticulture; 20-27: plant products as used in medicine; 28-32: medical zoology; 33-37: minerals (and medicine), the fine arts, and gemstones. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Natural History is in ten volumes.
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Review: Pliny: Natural History, Volume VIII, Books 28-32. Index of Fishes. (Loeb Classical Library No. 418)User Review - John Cairns - Goodreads
The appendix note puts the whole thing into perspective. Pliny scorns the more scientific Grrek medicine, because many doctors would be quacks, and extols old Roman treatments which worked on faith ... Read full review
Review: Natural History, Volume X: Books 36-37User Review - John Cairns - Goodreads
I probably liked this and the penultimate volume best because of the information given of ancient painters and sculptors, paintings and statuary. Read full review