The first model, described in Pliny's history, painting by Jean Raoux ‘Gaius Plinius Secundus’ by Bob McGinness The Society April 7, 2017 Culture, Poetry 4 Comments “Doing what deserves to be written, writing what deserves to be read, living to make the world a happier place.” That’s what Pliny the Elder said. He quoted “In Vino Veritas,” from some older, and wiser, gent, but he put it in one of his gardening books, and so he must have meant that we should drink some wine, as we tend to our gardening plants, ’cause he wrote about wine and grapes from a vine, and insects, and mammals, and ants. He wrote a few volumes on drugs, from herbs and from flowers and bees, and extracts from garlic and opium plants, and that amber might just come from trees. That cucumbers grow towards the water, and turnips provoke in one, lust, and amber prevents some dementia disease, and many more things that we trust. His Naturalis Historia, future gardening books did define. And if Latin you try, then you can still buy all 37 volumes on-line. Bob McGinness is a freelance writer living in Columbia, South Carolina. Related Post Translation of a Sonnet by Joachim du Bellay Sonnet by Joachim du Bellay (1522-1560) / Translation by Morgan Downs If all our life is no more than a day In the Eternal; if... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 4 Responses David Hollywood April 7, 2017 A lovely tribute. Reply David Watt April 7, 2017 This is a well-crafted piece which educates and uplifts in equal measure. Reply Joan Carol Fullmore April 7, 2017 This is SO GOOD! Will go on my favorites list – love reading it out loud! Reply Bob McGinness April 14, 2017 Thanks for the comments. I usually get in trouble when I try to use any Latin in my poems. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.