Pliny the Elder, Natural History

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Pliny Natural History

Preface

Plinius Secundus to His Dear Vespasiana Greeting

Most Gracious Highness (let this title, a supremely true one, be yours, while that of ‘Most Eminent’ grows to old age with your sire)—I have resolved to recountb to you, in a somewhat presumptuous letter, the offspring of my latest travail, my volumes of Natural History (a novel task for the native Muses of your Roman citizens)— For ‘twas e’er your way To deem my trifles something worthc —to give a passing touch of polish to my ‘opposite number’d—you recognize even this service slang—Catullus (for he, as you know, by interchanging the first syllablese made himself a trifle harsherf than he wished to be considered by his ‘darling Veraniuses and Fabulluses’)g and at the same time that my present sauciness may effect what in the case of another impudent letter of mine lately you complained

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.pliny_elder-natural_history.1938