PLINY NATURAL HISTORY
WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION by H. RACKHAM, FELLOW OP CHRIST’S COLLEGE
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS HARVARD UNlVERSITY PRESS
LONDON, WILLIAM HEINEMANN LTD
Book II, Chap.59
The common occurrences that we call rainbows have nothing miraculous or portentous about them,
for they do not reliably portend even rain or fine weather.
Book II, Chap.62
In Italy rainbows are seen every day at Locri and at the Veline Lake.
Book XII, Chap.52
People say that any shrub over which a rainbow forms its arch gives out a scent as sweet as that of the aspalathus,
but that if this happens in the case of an aspalathus a scent rises that is indescribably sweet.