Lead: From the first century A.D. until the Renaissance one of the most influential writers in the world was the Roman naturalist Pliny.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Gaius Plinius Secundus was born in northern Italy of a prosperous family in A.D. 23. Educated in Rome, he served as a cavalry commander in legions assigned to border duty in Germany. He took early retirement and devoted most of his remaining years to writing and research. Seven works are ascribed to him, including a History of Rome, but only one survives, his greatest, an encyclopedia of the physical world, entitled Natural History.


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