Pliny the Elder

Latin Gaius Plinius Secundus

(born AD 23, Novum Comum, Transpadane Gaul—died Aug. 24, 79, Stabiae, near Mt. Vesuvius) Roman scholar. Descended from a prosperous family, Pliny pursued a military career, held official positions (including procurator of Spain), and later spent years in semiretirement, studying and writing. His fame rests on his Natural History (AD 77), an encyclopaedic work of uneven accuracy that was the European authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages. Six other works ascribed to him were probably lost in antiquity. He died while observing the great eruption of Vesuvius.

Learn more about Pliny the Elder with a free trial on

Pliny may refer to:

  • Pliny the Elder (23–79), ancient Roman nobleman, scientist and historian, author of Naturalis Historia, "Pliny's Natural History"
  • Pliny the Younger (63–c.113), ancient Roman statesman, orator, and writer; nephew and adopted son of Pliny the Elder

Pliny may also refer to:

Search another word or see plinyon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature