Pliny the Elder


Pliny the Elder
License: Public Domain

Other names/monikers: Gaius Plinius Secundus

Born: 23AD

Died: 79AD Aug. 25

Description: Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. Spending most of his spare time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, he wrote an encyclopedic work, Naturalis Historia, which became a model for all other encyclopedias.