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The Natural History Volume 1

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Naturalis Historia (Latin for "Natural History") is an encyclopedia published circa AD 77-79 by Pliny the Elder. It is one of the largest single works to have survived from the Roman empire to the modern day and purports to cover the entire field of ancient knowledge, based on the best authorities available to Pliny. The work became a model for all later encyclopedias in terms of the breadth of subject matter examined, the need to reference original authors, and a comprehensive index list of the contents. The scheme of his great work is vast and comprehensive, being nothing short of an encyclopedia of learning and of art so far as they are connected with nature or draw their materials from nature. The work divides neatly into the organic world of plants and animals, and the realm of inorganic matter, although there are frequent digressions in each section. He is especially interested in not just describing the occurrence of plants, animals and insects, but also their exploitation (or abuse) by man, especially Romans. The description of metals and minerals is particularly detailed, and valuable for the history of science as being the most extensive compilation still available from the ancient world. (Summary from Wikipedia)
This volume one includes the first five books, covering the following subjects:

Book 1- Dedication
Book 2 - An account of the world and the elements
Books 3 to 5 - An account of countries, nations, seas, towns, havens, mountains, rivers, distances, and peoples who now exist or formerly existed (11 hr 43 min)


01 - Preface and The Life and Writings of Pliny, part 1


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02 - The Life and Writings of Pliny, part 2


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03 - Book 1, Dedication. -C. Plinius Secundus to his friend Titus Vespasian


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04 - Book 2, Chapters 1-5 -Whether the world be finite; Of the form of the worl…


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05 - Book 2, Chapters 6-8 -Of the nature of the stars; Of the motion of the pla…


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06 - Book 2, Chapters 9-13 -An account of the observations that have been made …


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07 - Book 2, Chapters 14-23Why the same stars have different motions; General l…


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08 - Book 2, Chapters 24-45The doctrine of Hipparchus about the stars; Examples…


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09- Book 2, Chapters 46-55The different kinds of winds; The periods of the wind…


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10 - Book 2, Chapters 56-66Objects which are never struck; Showers of milk, blo…


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11 - Book 2 Chapters 67-77Whether the ocean surrounds the earth; What part of t…


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12 - Book 2, Chapters 78-96Of the first dial; Of the mode in which the days are…


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13 - Book 2, Chapters 97-106Places in which it never rains; The wonders of vari…


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14 - Book 2, Chapters 107-113, SummaryThe wonders of fire and water united; Of …


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15 - Book 3, Introduction and Chapters 1-3Introduction; The boundaries and gulf…


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16 - Book 3, Chapter 4Of Nearer Spain


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17 - Book 3, Chapters 5-7Of the province of Gallia Narbonensis; Of Italy; Of th…


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18 - Book 3, Chapters 8-9The seventh region of Italy; The first region of Italy…


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19- Book 3, Chapters 10-14The third region of Italy; Sixty-four islands, among …


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20 - Book 3, Chapters 15-17Magna Graecia, beginning at Locri; The second region…


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21 - Book 3, Chapters 18-22The fifth region of Italy; The sixth region of Italy…


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22 - Book 3, Chapters 23-30 and SummaryIstria, its people and locality; The Alp…


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23 - Book 4, Chapters 1-10Epirus; Acarnania; Aetolia; Locris and Phocis; The Pe…


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24 - Book 4, Chapters 11-18Attica; Boeotia; Doris; Phthiotis; Thessaly Proper; …


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25 - Book 4, Chapters 19-25The islands which lie before the lands already menti…


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26 - Book 4, Chapters 26-30Scythia; The islands of the Euxine; The islands of t…


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27 - Books 4, Chapters 31-37 and SummaryGallia Belgica; Gallia Lugdunensis; Gal…


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28 - Book 5, Chapters 1-3The two Mauritanias; Numidia; Africa


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29 - Book 5, Chapters 4-8The Syrtes; Cyrenaica; Libya Mareotis; the islands in …


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30 - Book 5, Chapters 9-13Egypt and Thebais; The River Nile; The cities of Egyp…


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31 - Book 5, Chapters 14-19Idumaea, Palaestina and Samaria; Judaea; Decapolis; …


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32 - Book 5, Chapters 20-28The Euphrates; Syria upon the Euphrates; Cilicia and…


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33 - Book 5, Chapters 29-32Caria; Lydia; Ionia; Aeolis


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34 - Book 5, Chapters 33-39Troas and the adjoining nations; The islands which l…


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35 - Book 5, Chapters 40-44 and SummaryThe Hellespont and Mysia; Phrygia; Galat…


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