Constantine I – Emperor of Rome

Constantine the Great (Latin: Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus; Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος ὁ Μέγας; 27 February c. 272 AD – 22 May 337 AD), also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine (in the Orthodox Church as Saint Constantine the Great, Equal-to-the-Apostles), was a Roman Emperor of Illyrian-Greek origin from 306 to 337 AD. Continue reading

First Pope to be assassinated

John VIII, was elected pope on December 14th 872 CE, replacing Adrian II, was assassinated in Rome by a member of a political conspiracy on December 16th, 882 CE. Continue reading

Circus Maximus in Rome

A giant sports arena, originally used for chariot races and later for contests pitting humans against wild animals, the Circus Maximus in Rome, was open-air structure with seats on three sides. Continue reading

First Printed edition of the Qur’an

In 1530 printed by Pagninus Brixiensis in Rome, Italy, was when the first edition of the Qur’an was printed. Continue reading

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder (born Gaius Plinius Secundus, AD 23 – 79) was a Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher, a naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and friend of the emperor Vespasian.

Spending most of his spare time studying, writing, and investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, Pliny wrote the encyclopedic Naturalis Historia (Natural History), which became an editorial model for encyclopedias. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, wrote of him in a letter to the historian Tacitus:

For my part I deem those blessed to whom, by favour of the gods, it has been granted either to do what is worth writing of, or to write what is worth reading; above measure blessed those on whom both gifts have been conferred. In the latter number will be my uncle, by virtue of his own and of your compositions.

Pliny the Younger refers to Tacitus’s reliance upon his uncle’s book, the History of the German Wars. Pliny the Elder died in AD 79, while attempting the rescue, by ship, of a friend and his family, in Stabiae, from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which already had destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The wind caused by the sixth and largest pyroclastic surge of the volcano’s eruption did not allow his ship to leave port, and Pliny probably died during that event.

More info at: Pliny the Elder – Wikipedia

Additional Articles associated with this person’s firsts:

Name(s):
      Pliny the Elder
Gaius Plinius Secundus
Occupation:
      Lawyer,>
      Author,>
      Natural Philosopher,>
      Naturalist,>
      Military Commander,>
      Provincial Governor
Birth:
      AD 23>
      Novum Comum (Como),>
      Roman Italy,>
      Roman Empire
Death:
      August 25, AD 79>
      Stabiae, Campania,>
      Roman Empire
Children:
      Pliny the Younger >
      (nephew, later adopted son)
Education:
      Rhetoric>
      Grammar


Additional Information:

  • Pliny the Elder – Wikipedia
    Pliny the Elder (born Gaius Plinius Secundus, AD 23 – 79) was a Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher, a naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and friend of the emperor Vespasian.
  • Pliny the Elder – Livius
    Gaius Plinius Secundus – or, to use his English name: Pliny – was born in 23 or 24 CE in Novum Comum (modern Como), a small city in the region known as Gallia Transpadana.
  • Pliny the Elder – Ancient History Encyclopedia
    Aside from the usual contributions of its noble politicians and military commanders, the story of a nation also records the invaluable literary influences of its poets, dramatists, and historians.
  • Pliny the Elder – PBS
    Solder, lawyer and writer, Pliny the Elder’s (23 – 79 AD) research into the natural world formed the basis of scientific authority for centuries to come. He died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Who was Pliny? – Pliny Mysteries
    Two men named Pliny are known to us from their writings, and that sometimes causes confusion. The older man, Gaius Plinius Secundus, is called Pliny the Elder.
  • Pliny the Elder | Roman scholar | Britannica.com – Encyclopedia …
    Pliny the Elder, Latin in full Gaius Plinius Secundus, (born ad 23, Novum Comum, Transpadane Gaul [now in Italy]—died Aug. 24, 79, Stabiae, near Mt. Vesuvius), Roman savant and author of the celebrated Natural History, an encyclopaedic work of uneven accuracy that was an authority on scientific matters up to the Middle Ages.
  • Pliny the Elder’s Natural History: The Empire in the Encyclopedia …
    The most important surviving encyclopaedia from the ancient world, Pliny the Elder’s Natural History is unparalleled as a guide to the cultural meanings of everyday things in 1st-century Rome.
  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History – Livius
    There is no book so bad that some good can not be got out of it,” Pliny the Elder used to say, and he read everything that he could obtain.
  • Pliny the Elder’s Natural History: The Empire in the Encyclopedia
    Without question, in their own quiet way the newly attested Dii Itinerarii (or Itineris)1 must have viewed the writing of this fine book with favor.

Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti (Italian: [leˈom batˈtista alˈbɛrti]; February 18, 1404 – April 25, 1472) was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Continue reading

Encyclopedia of importance was Pliny the Elder’s encyclopedia of the physical world

Pliny the Elder’s encyclopedia of the physical world, was called Historia naturalis (Natural History), completed some time in Rome circa 77 CE and was widely influential up to the end of what is known as the medieval period. Continue reading

The Renaissance man

Humanist scholar Leon Battista Alberti, secretary at the papal court in Rome, Italy, from 1432 to 1464, is considered as the Renaissance man. Continue reading

The first military hospitals

Romans built the first military hospitals circa 100 BCE. Continue reading

Tallow soap

The Roman historian Pliny the Elder in his writing has said Tallow soap had been made in 600 BCE by the Phoenicians, who did so by boiling goat tallow and wood ashes in water. Continue reading