Letters and Panegyricus [of] Pliny

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Harvard University Press, 1969 - Foreign Language Study - 563 pages
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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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Raised by his uncle Pliny the Elder, who was a scholar and industrious compiler of Natural History, Pliny the Younger intended his Letters for posterity and polished them with extreme care. He was an orator, statesman, and well-educated man of the world. He wrote with discretion on a variety of subjects, and without the bitterness of his friends Tacitus and Suetonius or the disgust for the social conditions of those troubled times found in the writings of his contemporaries Juvenal and Martial. In the introduction to the Loeb edition, Hutchinson wrote: "Melmoth's translation of Pliny's letters, published in 1746, not only delighted contemporary critics . . . but deservedly ranks as a minor English classic. Apart from its literary excellence, it has the supreme merit of reflecting the spirit of the original. . . . No modern rendering can capture the ease and felicity of Melmoth's; for they came of his living in a world like "Pliny's own."'