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Pliny the Younger : a life in Roman letters

Author: Rex Winsbury
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.
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Pliny the Younger who lived c. 100 AD, left a large collection of letters, thanks to which we know him better than almost any other Roman. He is best known as witness to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed Pompeii, and for his dealings with the early Christians when a regional governor. He was not an emperor or general, but a famous lawyer of his time specialising in private finance and later a senior  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Records and correspondence
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Winsbury, Rex.
Pliny the Younger : A Life in Roman Letters.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2013
Named Person: Pliny, the Younger.; Pliny, the Younger; Pliny, the Younger.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rex Winsbury
ISBN: 9781472514042 1472514041
OCLC Number: 894169751
Description: 1 online resource (257 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Notes on conventions; 1 Your witness, your defendant; 2 Reading the evidence: Are Pliny's letters what they seem?; 3 Youth, class and that Plinian eruption; 4 Starring in the noisy Court of One Hundred Men; 5 Sparring with Regulus and 'the most immoral fraud'; 6 Pliny the prosecutor: Corruption and the limits of Roman justice; 7 Surviving Domitian: Among the flames of thunderbolts?; 8 Tactically praising Trajan: 'You tell us to be free: We will be'; 9 Love letters to Calpurnia: Marriages but no children; 10 How rich was Pliny? Assets, income and expenses11 His posh country villas: A literary house and garden tour; 12 A fine crop of poets: Pantomime in the salon; 13 His literary circle --
who's in, who's out, where's Juvenal?; 14 Nervous in Bithynia: Those quarrelsome little Greeks; 15 Christians --
what is the crime and what is the punishment?; 16 Meeting Pliny; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Names; Index of Place Names; Index of Latin Terms; Index of Subject Matter.
Responsibility: Rex Winsbury.

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Pliny the Younger who lived c. 100 AD, left a large collection of letters, thanks to which we know him better than almost any other Roman. He is best known as witness to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 that destroyed Pompeii, and for his dealings with the early Christians when a regional governor. He was not an emperor or general, but a famous lawyer of his time specialising in private finance and later a senior state official specialising in public finance. His life straddled both a 'bad'; emperor (Domitian) and a 'good'; emperor (Trajan), so his life and letters are relevant to perennial political questions like how an honourable man could serve an absolute autocracy such as Rome, and how justice could live alongside power.

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