Text #1689

Pliny. Natural History. Series: Natural History. Vol. 1
[Plin. Nat. 2.57. Translated by H. Rackham. Harvard University Press. 1938. (10 Vols.) p. 283]

Besides these events in the lower sky, it is entered in the records that in the consulship of Manius Acilius and Gaius Porcius (114 BC) it rained milk and blood, and that frequently on other occasions there it has rained flesh, for instance in the consulship of Publius Volumnius and Servius Sulpicius, (461 BC) and that none of the flesh left unplundered by birds of prey went bad; and similarly that it rained iron in the district of Lucania the year before Marcus Crassus was killed (53 BC) by the Parthians and with him all the Lucanian soldiers, of whom there was a large contingent in his army; the shape of the iron that fell resembled sponges; the augurs prophesied wounds from above. But in the consulship of Lucius Paullus and Gaius Marcellus it rained wool in the vicinity of Compsa Castle, near which Titus Annius Milo was killed a year later. It is recorded in the annals of that year that while Milo was pleading a case in court it rained baked bricks.

Text #9742

Editorial comment by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

It is possible that what feel was pumice from a volcanic eruption though no eruption is on record at this time. Otherwise, it could have been meteoric iron.

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