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The Letters of the Younger Pliny

Pliny the Younger - Author

Betty Radice - Translator

Betty Radice - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140441277 | 320 pages | 30 Aug 1963 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘Of course these details are not important enough for history … you have only yourself to blame for asking for them’

A prominent lawyer and administrator, Pliny (c. AD 61–113) was also a prolific letter-writer, who numbered among his correspondents such eminent figures as Tacitus, Suetonius and the Emperor Trajan, as well as a wide circle of friends and family. His lively and very personal letters address an astonishing range of topics – from a deeply moving account of his uncle’s death in the eruption that engulfed Pompeii and observations on the early Christians – ‘a desperate sort of cult carried to extravagant lengths’ – to descriptions of everyday life in Rome, with its scandals and court cases, and of Pliny’s life in the country. Providing a series of fascinating views of imperial Rome, his letters also offer one of the fullest self-portraits to survive from classical times.

Betty Radice’s definitive edition was the first complete modern translation of Pliny’s letters. In her introduction, she examines the shrewd, tolerant and occasionally pompous man who emerges from these letters.

Introduction

BOOK ONE
BOOK TWO
BOOK THREE
BOOK FOUR
BOOK FIVE
BOOK SIX
BOOK SEVEN
BOOK EIGHT
BOOK NINE
BOOK TEN

Appendix A: Inscriptions
Appendix B: Plan of Pliny’s House at Laurentum
Appendix C: Table of Events
Appendix D: Key to Technical Terms
Map of Central and Northern Italy
Map of Bithynia and Pontus
Bibliography
Index of Proper Names and Places