Pliny the Elder (Biographical details)

Pliny the Elder (military/naval; author/poet; Roman; Male; 23 - 79)

Also known as

Pliny the Elder; Plinius Secundus, Gaius


Scientific encyclopedist and historian; his most famous surviving work is the 'Historia naturalis' ('Natural History'), in which he wrote comprehensive accounts of the various branches of science; born in Como, educated in Rome; took up a military career in Germany, where he befriended the later Emperor Vespasian (q.v.); returned to Rome in 69 AD to take up various public offices; killed during the eruption of Vesuvius. At the time of his death he was commander of the Roman fleet stationed at Cape Misenum on the Bay of Naples.