The Letters of the Younger Pliny

Author: The Younger Pliny

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915943

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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A prominent lawyer and administrator, Pliny (c. AD 61-113) was also a prolific letter-writer, who numbered among his correspondents such eminent figures as Tacitus, Suetonius and the Emperor Trajan, as well as a wide circle of friends and family. His lively and very personal letters address an astonishing range of topics, from a deeply moving account of his uncle's death in the eruption that engulfed Pompeii, to observations on the early Christians - 'a desperate sort of cult carried to extravagant lengths' - from descriptions of everyday life in Rome, with its scandals and court cases, to Pliny's life in the country.

The Letters of Pliny the Younger

Author: Pliny the Pliny the Younger

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781723264269


Page: 132

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The Letters of Pliny the Younger, translated by William Melmoth and revised by F. C. T. Bosanquet. GAIUS PLINIUS CAECILIUS SECUNDUS, usually known as Pliny the Younger, was born at Como in 62 A. D. He was only eight years old when his father Caecilius died, and he was adopted by his uncle, the elder Pliny, author of the Natural History. He was carefully educated, studying rhetoric under Quintilian and other famous teachers, and he became the most eloquent pleader of his time. The letters, on which to-day his fame mainly rests, were largely written with a view to publication, and were arranged by Pliny himself. They thus lack the spontaneity of Cicero's impulsive utterances, but to most modern readers who are not special students of Roman history they are even more interesting. They deal with a great variety of subjects: the description of a Roman villa; the charms of country life; the reluctance of people to attend author's readings and to listen when they were present; a dinner party; legacy-hunting in ancient Rome; the acquisition of a piece of statuary; his love for his young wife; ghost stories; floating islands, a tame dolphin, and other marvels. But by far the best known are those describing the great eruption of Vesuvius in which his uncle perished, a martyr to scientific curiosity, and the letter to Trajan on his attempts to suppress Christianity in Bithynia, with Trajan's reply approving his policy.

Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger

An Introduction

Author: Roy K. Gibson,Ruth Morello

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521842921

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 350

View: 1861

Situates Pliny's Letters within the letter-writing tradition, offers new readings of favourite letters, and emphasises the importance of understanding letters within the context of original books or informal 'cycles'. For advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars interested in the study of ancient letters and imperial Latin literature.

Ashen Sky

The Letters of Pliny the Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius

Author: Barry Moser,Benedicte Gilman

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892369003

Category: Art

Page: 39

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Wood block prints accompany translations of the letters of Pliny the Younger, a description of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and brief profiles of the figures involved.

The Letters of Pliny the Younger

With Observations on Each Letter ; and an Essay on Pliny's Life, Addressed to Charles Lord Boyle

Author: Pliny (the Younger.),John Boyle Earl of Orrery

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, Latin

Page: 509

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Pliny the Younger

A Life in Roman Letters

Author: Rex Winsbury

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472514041

Category: History

Page: 224

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Pliny the Younger who lived c. 100 AD, left a large collection of letters, thanks to which we know him better than almost any other Roman. He is best known as witness to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed Pompeii, and for his dealings with the early Christians when a regional governor. He was not an emperor or general, but a famous lawyer of his time specialising in private finance and later a senior state official specialising in public finance. His life straddled both a 'bad'; emperor (Domitian) and a 'good'; emperor (Trajan), so his life and letters are relevant to perennial political questions like how an honourable man could serve an absolute autocracy such as Rome, and how justice could live alongside power. His letters also give a unique insight into social, literary and domestic life among the wealthy upper classes of the empire. He knew most of the famous writers of his time, and wrote love letters to his wife. But there are serious controversies about how honest and truthful a man he was - did he use his letters to rewrite history (his own history) and cover up questionable aspects of his career? This general biographical account of Pliny is the first of its kind and covers all aspects of his life in a systematic way. This accessible title tackles key issues including his political anxieties and issues, his relationship with women and his literary style in a roughly chronological order. It covers his life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in state prosecutions, his literary circle, his career in state office and his working relationships with two very different emperors, his background, his property and his family life.

The Anxieties of Pliny, the Younger

Author: Stanley E. Hoffer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780788505652

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

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This book provides a new understanding of Pliny's letters by combining historical analysis of the social pressures that shape Pliny's authorial pose with close literary analysis of the letters themselves. It demonstrates how ruling-class ideology is disseminated and how it shapes the literary persona and personal identity of a ruling-class member. The powerful heuristic tool of examining the interplay between confidence and anxieties in the letters will help restore Pliny's relatively neglected masterpiece to a more prominent place in undergraduate Latin and Roman Civilization courses.

Pliny the Younger: 'Epistles'

Author: Pliny the Younger,Pliny (the Younger.)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107006899

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 338

View: 2005

The first modern literary commentary on Pliny the Younger's Epistles II, essential reading for students and scholars of Roman literature.

Letters of Pliny

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781512229622


Page: 156

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GAIUS PLINIUS CAECILIUS SECUNDUS, usually known as Pliny the Younger, was born at Como in 62 A. D. He was only eight years old when his father Caecilius died, and he was adopted by his uncle, the elder Pliny, author of the Natural History. He was carefully educated, studying rhetoric under Quintilian and other famous teachers, and he became the most eloquent pleader of his time.

Letters and Panegyricus

Author: Pliny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780674990661

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Pliny started his career at the Roman bar at the age of eighteen. He moved through the regular offices in a senator's career, held two treasury appointments and a priesthood, and was consul in September and October 100. He is known to have been there two years, and is presumed to have died there before the end of 113. Book X of the 'Letters' contains his correspondence with Trajan during this period, and includes letters about the early Christians. Pliny's 'Letters' are important as a social document of his times. They tell us about the man himself and his wide interests, and about his many friends, including Tacitus, Martial and Suetonius. Pliny has a gift for description and a versatile prose style, and more than any of his contemporaries he gives an unprejudiced picture of Rome as he knew it.


Author: The Younger Pliny


ISBN: 0615191312

Category: History

Page: 92

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This new edition of the two letters in which Pliny the Younger gives his eye-witness account of the most fabulous natural disaster ever fabled by mankind-the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy and the destruction of "whole communities and cities," including Pompeii features the original Latin facing an exceptionally faithful translation in contemporary English and enhanced by superbly evocative and witty drawings of the events as they are described. The reader of Vesuvius will come away from these pages with a lively sense of what really happened in those harrowing days and hours during the eruption of the famous volcano. The book includes an introduction and endnotes by the translator.

Pliny's Women

Constructing Virtue and Creating Identity in the Roman World

Author: Jacqueline M. Carlon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521761328

Category: History

Page: 270

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Pliny's Women offers a comprehensive consideration of the many women who appear in the letters of Pliny the Younger. Combining detailed prosopography with close literary analysis, Jacqueline Carlon examines the identities of the women whom Pliny includes and how they and the men with whom they are associated contribute both to this presentation of exemplary Romans and particularly to his own self-promotion. Virtually all of the named women in Pliny's nine-book corpus are considered. They form six distinct groups: those associated with opposition to the principate; the family of Pliny's mentor, Corellius Rufus; his own family members; women involved in testamentary disputes; ideal wives; and women of unseemly character. Detailed analysis of each letter mentioning women includes the identity of its recipient and everyone named within, its disposition within the collection, Pliny's language and style, and its significance to our perception of the changing social fabric of the early principate.

Lobrede Auf Den Kaiser Trajanus

Author: Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus,Christian Tobias Damm

Publisher: Palala Press

ISBN: 9781379223870

Category: History

Page: 350

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The Art of Pliny's Letters

A Poetics of Allusion in the Private Correspondence

Author: Ilaria Marchesi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113947068X

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In this book on intertextuality in Pliny the Younger, Professor Marchesi invites an alternative reading of Pliny's collection of private epistles: the letters are examined as the product of an authorial strategy controlling both the rhetorical fabric of individual units and their arrangement in the collection. By inserting recognisable fragments of canonical authors into his epistles, Pliny imports into the still fluid practice of letter-writing the principles of composition and organisation that for his contemporaries characterised other writings as literature. Allusions become the occasion for a metapoetic dialogue, especially with the collection's privileged addressee, Tacitus. An active participant in the cultural politics of his time, Pliny entrusts to the letters his views on poetry, oratory and historiography. In defining a model of epistolography alternative to Cicero's and complementing those of Horace, Ovid and Seneca, he also successfully carves a niche for his work in the Roman literary canon.

The Letters of the Younger Pliny Title

Author: Younger Pliny

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781545377963


Page: 88

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The Letters of the Younger Pliny Title By Younger Pliny


A Novel

Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Fawcett Books

ISBN: 0345475674

Category: Fiction

Page: 349

View: 2692

Recently placed in charge of the Aqua Augusta, the aqueduct that brings fresh water to thousands of people around the bay of Naples, Roman engineer Marius Primus struggles to discover why the aqueduct has ceased delivering water and heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to find the problem, only to come face to face with an impending catastrophe of mammoth proportions. Reprint.