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?”
The purpura, as mentioned in Pliny, was an amethyst or violet color.
Pliny gives an account of a combat between one of these dogs, first with a lion, and then with an elephant.
It is supposed by some to be the mosaic of Pergamus mentioned by Pliny.
Pliny, as a matter of course, believed this marvelous story, and has inserted it in brief in his compilation of natural history.
And if ever I go where Pliny is, I, a whaleman (more than he was), will make bold to tell him so.
Lardner protests against Pliny's application of the words "contumacy and inflexible obstinacy" to the Christians of Pontus.
This "information" is derived from Pliny, but the superstition is found in Greek.