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The Letters of the Younger Pliny

The Letters of the Younger Pliny

Paperback Penguin Classics

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

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • 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: 54,614

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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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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.