Can anyone guess what this is?
It’s THE PLINY TRAIN.
Lest you think this will be boring, oh my chickadees, let me school you.
Pliny the Elder was a BAMF. This was a guy so committed to science he saw Vesuvius erupting and didn’t thing “fuck me, let’s get away from that.” Oh no. Instead, this guy grabs a ship to take him closer, because he’s gotta find out what happens. He’s gotta see for himself, because that would make an awesome addition to his wide-ranging studies on the natural world.
Of course, the volcanic gases killed him. You guys, he DIED FOR SCIENCE.
I like the Loeb books because they’re Latin on one side, English on the other. The Natural History is a big ol’ whale full of detail, and frankly I need to get back into studying my Latin. SO. If you want, read along with me. I plan on finishing Book I in March, quite possibly sooner.
The Pliny Train is now boarding. Come along for the ride. I promise it’ll be fun.