The Letters of the Younger Pliny

The Letters of the Younger Pliny

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By (author) Pliny the Younger, Translated by Betty Radice, Introduction by Betty Radice

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  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 25mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1976
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140441271
  • ISBN 13: 9780140441277
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 51,232

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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, to observations on the early Christians - 'a desperate sort of cult carried to extravagant lengths' - from descriptions of everyday life in Rome, with its scandals and court cases, to Pliny's life in the country.

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Author information

A prominent lawyer and administrator, Pliny (c. AD 61-113) was also a prolific letter-writer. Betty Radice was an honorary fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and vice-president of the Classical Association. She was a renowned translator of both Latin and Greek.

Table of contents

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