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Pliny the Elder's Natural History: The Empire in the Encyclopedia

Trevor Murphy


The most important surviving encyclopaedia from the ancient world, Pliny the Elder's Natural History is unparalleled as a guide to the cultural meanings of everyday things in 1st-century Rome. As part of a new direction in classical scholarship, this book reads the work not just for the information it contains, but to understand how and why Pliny collects and presents information as he does. Concentrating on the geographic and ethnographic information in Pliny, the book demonstrates the work's political importance. The selection and arrangement of the encyclopaedia's material show that it is m ... More

Keywords: pliny the elder, 1st-century Rome, classical scholarship, roman imperialism

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trevor Murphy, author
Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley
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