Letters and Panegyricus, Books 8-10
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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