Exploring History
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Exploring History

Fantastical Humans Roamed Pliny’s “Natural History”

Legends and myths helped form early concepts of human biology

Pliny the Elder’s Natural History is one of the earliest compendiums of Roman science. Because it reflects the limits of first-century knowledge, the multi-volume work regarded many imaginary beasts as real. But it wasn’t only beasts. Book 7 dealt with humans, and many…

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