Plinius

Pliny the Elder (Plinius Secundus) was born in 23 or 24 AD in Como. As an officer in the Roman Army he saw parts of Gallia, Germany, Spain and Africa. After 52 AD he lived in Rome as a writer and died on August 25, 79 AD at Stabiae during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed the city of Pompeii.