The historian Pliny the Elder describes owning agate cups as a sign of wealth and luxury.
Pliny the Elder considered their plumbing to be the greatest accomplishment of the Roman Empire.
Pliny deemeth them to be wild; Martial is also of the same opinion, where he saith, “Imbelles damæ quid nisi præda sumus?”
Pliny also 6: 31-36, locates the western Ethiopians somewhere in the Atlantic.
Pliny gives an account of a combat between one of these dogs, first with a lion, and then with an elephant.
In one family alone, in the time of Pliny, there were 4116 slaves.
Pliny, as a matter of course, believed this marvelous story, and has inserted it in brief in his compilation of natural history.
In the time of Pliny it had become a dismal and silent place.
Lardner protests against Pliny's application of the words "contumacy and inflexible obstinacy" to the Christians of Pontus.
It is of Pliny the naturalist, not of Pliny the letter-writer, that we are now speaking.