Pliny the Elder on Science and Technology

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The Elder Pliny's Natural History provides a wide-ranging account of human achievement in the arts and sciences in the first century AD. This book re-examines Pliny's work for the first time since the 1920s. Modern experiments, simulating the techniques described by Pliny, and an in-depth study of his development of a technical language, confirm his unique contribution to our knowledge of science in early imperial Rome.
 

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Contents

Plinys Life and Career
1
Pliny the Writer
31
The Natural History
36
Plinys Sources
42
Mirabilia
63
Pliny and Research
71
Language and Style
79
Science in Antiquity
100
Earth Sciences
173
Minerals
190
Amber
250
Hydrocarbons
254
Meteorites
257
Minerals as Pigments
259
Metals
271
Technology
347

The Natural History and Technical Literature
106
Science in The Natural History
113
Chemistry
115
Niello
137
Dyes and Dyeing
138
Physics
142
APPENDIX From Observer to Horizon
171
Pliny and the Environment
371
The Natural History in the Middle Ages
380
Select Bibliography
393
Index Locorum
412
General Index
431
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About the author (1999)

John F. Healy is at University of London.

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