Pliny is used as one
of the sources for the following Legenda:
There are many versions of Pliny's Natural History available online.
Both a Latin and an English text are available at the Perseus website:
Here is some information about Pliny's work taken from Wikipedia:
Gaius Plinius Secundus, (23–79) better known
as Pliny the Elder, was an ancient author and Natural philosopher
of some importance who wrote Naturalis Historia. He was the son
of a Roman eques by the daughter of the Senator Gaius Caecilius
of Novum Comum. His great work is the Naturalis Historia, an encyclopedia
into which Pliny collected much of the knowledge of his time. The
work had been planned under the rule of Nero. He dedicated the
work to Titus Flavius in 77.