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This front matter section of this book titled Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contexts contains the table of contents, a list of contributors and the editor's preface. Pliny's Naturalis Historia""a brilliant and sophisticated encyclopaedia of the scientific, artistic, philosophical, botanical and zoological riches of the world of the first century ad""has had, as one of our own contributors has recently put it, 'a long career in the footnotes' of historical studies. The book seeks to explore the applications (and implications) of the themes further, and to advocate a view of Pliny as a serious (and in many respects even radically innovative) commentator upon the world around him. It includes a selection of revised papers from the conference, plus some newly commissioned papers on key aspects of Pliny and the reception of his work.

Keywords:Naturalis Historia; Pliny; sophisticated encyclopaedia



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