Letters and Panegyricus, Books 8-10

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Harvard University Press, 1972 - Philosophy
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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.

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

As an official in the Roman government, Pliny wrote on numerous things. His complaint about Christians is worth reading as is Trajan's response. Shows the routine of government. He had accompanied Pliny the Elder to watch Vesuvius erupt, but had survived. Read full review

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User Review  - SamTekoa - LibraryThing

Pliny saw himself as a writer and you can see that in his carefully thought-out pleasing phrases and sentences. This was a delightful read, with much that is quotable. You have to wait until the end ... Read full review

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Trajan the ideal prince
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Early campaigns in Parthia troops marched from
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army officers
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