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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A few notable letters - in particular, describing his uncle's death while helping to evacuate Pompeii - otherwise the collection is noteworthy for being such a mundane description of first century empire jurisprudence, estate economy, and literary culture. Read full review

Review: Letters, Volume I: Books 1-7

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even though I wrote a paper for class about how it really bothered me that Pliny edited his letters in advance of publication, I still thought they were enjoyable to read and gave nice insight into daily life of ancient Rome Read full review


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