The Roman polymath and statesman Gaius Pliny Secundus Major (23-79), commonly Pliny the Elder ", was, among other things, a winemaking expert of his time. He studied philosophy and the rights in Rome, then embarked on the state military career and gained high ranks under Emperor Titus (39-81). He was governor in several Roman provinces and last commander of the Roman fleet in the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the age of 55, he was resident near Pompeii and experienced the Vesuvius eruption. He then died trying to rescue some of the threatened people at the Vesuvius eruption.
His death is due to a letter from his nephew and stepson Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus handed down in detail. On the drinking pleasure of Pompejan shortly before the destruction, he described a plastic manners (in the mentioned drinking vessels, it was probably about kantharos with two-sided handles, with which they were held both hands while drinking):