The seventh book of Pliny as discussed by Beagon’s commentary connotes that in the beliefs about life, human beings are seen to be the highly ranked people in the realm of creation. In this prospect, the human is seen to have high sense of responsibility in the inculcation and caring of other creation in the environmental setting. In the book, he is quite concerned about the societal norms in the superstitious sense than in the perception of his fellow scholars (Lindberg, and Mary 2). It goes ahead to reveal the various connotations about the life expectancy among the population of the Indians, the structural approach in which many individuals should go about the notion of sex and the various inconveniences that comes with pregnancy for example the perceived impressions that comes with maternal conditions (Plinius and William 7). Pliny also goes ahead, in trying to explicate the human history, connote the beliefs around birth, and accentuates that the personal characteristics of a parent can be transmitted to the child such the intelligence, the sight the strength, the memory and the voice.
Translating this to the ancient setting of the Roman Empire, it is a fact that various intelligent kings that reigned also had sons and daughters who were very intelligent as well. For example, the exceptional work and achievement of the Pompey and the Caesar, the marvelous activities of his father Augustus, were some of the intelligent inherited minds that the roman empire has ever seen (Pliny and Mary 1). The connotations of the various expectations in life such as the shortness of life made the ancient Romans to understand the various precepts about death that enabled them to be cautious and careful about their health. Additionally, it should be noted that Pliny also discusses the notion of nature of the soul, the perceptions about cremation, the attitude towards revival of the persons believed to be dead. The whole context of connotations brought out by the book seven of Pliny has a great effect in the societal development of the Romans.
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