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. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 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 Reply Leave a Reply to David Watt Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.