Letters and Panegyricus [of] Pliny

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Harvard University Press, 1969 - Foreign Language Study - 563 pages
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Review: Letters, Volume I: Books 1-7

User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

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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About the author (1969)

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."'