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

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Pliny the Elder's Natural History, from first-century Rome, is the most important surviving encyclopedia of the ancient world. As a guide to the cultural meanings of everyday things in ancient Rome it is unparalleled. Concentrating on Pliny's accounts of foreign lands and peoples, monsters, and barbarians, Trevor Murphy demonstrates the political significance of this reference book as a monument to the power of Roman imperial society.

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

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"Murphy takes a provocative new approach as he concentrates on ethnography and geography in Pliny. Murphy argues persuasively that reference works are a kind of institutional knowledge, and that military, political, and commercial power of Rome provided subject matter for Pliny.... Highly recommended."--Choice


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