The style is very different from that in the panegyricus, and some commentators maintain that pliny initiated a new genre. Pliny the younger was born in novum comum como, northern italy around 61 ad, the son of lucius caecilius cilo, born there, and his wife plinia marcella, a sister of pliny the elder. The last was written during his tour of administration of bithynia, during which he may well have died. The letters of the younger pliny have come down to us in 10 books, 9 of his personal letters, and book 10 containing his official correspondence with the emperor trajan. Complete letters ebook by pliny the younger rakuten kobo. This letter is usually mentioned as part of a collection of evidence since citations from multiple sources help to build the weight of the claim. In the fifth century, sidonius apollinaris published his own letters in 9 books, and quotes pliny in many places. Definitely recommended to those who are interested in looking into our ancient past. I therefore do not know what offenses it is the practice to punish or investigate, and to what extent. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, usually known as pliny the younger, was born at como in 62 a. His latest book, on conan doyle, was published in 2011 by. To tacitus your request that i would send you an account of my uncles death, in order to transmit a more exact relation of it to posterity, deserves my acknowledgments. He was only eight years old when his father, caecilius, died, and he was adopted by his uncle, the elder pliny, author of the natural history.
From this letter, we know that the uncle of pliny wrote a ton of stuff, and from letter 9. Pliny to cornelius tacitus thank you for asking me to send you a description of my uncles death so that you can leave an accurate account of it for posterity1. Book 10 of pliny the youngers letters consist of his correspondence with the emperor trajan when he was. We know that the author of the letters was called pliny.
Aurelius symmachus published his own correspondence in 10 books, 9 of personal and 1 of official letters. Pliny the younger, or gaius plinius caecilius secundus, was the nephew and adopted son of pliny the elder, the author of the famous and importantly influential natural history in thirtyseven. The final chapter focuses on the grand design which unifies and structures the collection. You desire to know in what manner i dispose of my day in summer time at my tuscan villa.
A short book that consists of a few pages of history of the eruption of vesuvius in ad 79, minibiographies of pliny the elder, pliny the younger, and the historian tacitus. Here pliny dictates his most famous letter as he and his mother observe the eruption of vesuvius. This was a delightful read, with much that is quotable. Pliny the elders most popular book is natural history. Fresh doubts on authenticity of plinys letter about the. For habit itself causes servants to lose theii 4 plinys letters. Plinys uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him and they were both witnesses to the eruption of vesuvius on august 24th, 79 ad. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. He used to say that there was no book so bad that it was not useful at some point. Choose from 500 different sets of pliny flashcards on quizlet. Investigating the authenticity of pliny the youngers letter to trajan concerning the christians. The letters of the younger pliny are a good source to look into during this period of roman history to see the dangers and excitement in which these people lived there certainly was a lot of it. Plinys letters are introduced to english students by two scholars. Pliny s legal career book 3, letter 2 pliny asks vibius maximus, the praefect of egypt, to find a position for his modest equestrian friend, maturus arrianus.
This comprehensive general commentary on the nine books of the younger plinys private letterswhich cover nearly aspect of roman life except warfareoffers a selfcontained discussion of each letter or group of associated letters and their rich array of information about the authors social, political, and legal life and times. The letters of the younger pliny penguin classics by pliny the younger and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Letters of pliny, by gaius plinius caecilius secundus. An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. An xml version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer perseus any modifications you make. Providing a series of fascinating views of imperial rome, the letters of the younger pliny also offer one of the fullest selfportraits to survive from classical times. Pliny the younger simple english wikipedia, the free. He was educated at home and then in rome under quintilian. Then follows a translation of the two letters that pliny the younger, an eyewitness to the eruption, wrote to his friend tacitus 25 years later. Learn pliny letter translation with free interactive flashcards. He is the author of the memoir an open book 2003 and several collections of essays, including book by book 2005 and classics for pleasure 2007. Chapters 4 to 7 study thematic letter cycles within the collection, including those on plinys famous country villas and his relationships with pliny the elder and tacitus. The epistulae are later copies of a series of personal missives by pliny the younger directed to his friends and associates.
Pliny saw himself as a writer and you can see that in his carefully thoughtout pleasing phrases and sentences. You will ask how that can possibly be in the midst of rome. Choose from 500 different sets of pliny letter translation flashcards on quizlet. The numbering of the letters in this book has been changed slightly to bring it into line with the most recent editions. By this time, it is likely that both the 9 book and 10 book versions were in existence. When i am up, i continue to keep the shutters of my chamber windows closed. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book.
Pliny the younger, the roman governor of bithynia and pontus now in modern turkey wrote a letter to emperor trajan around ad 112 and asked for counsel on dealing with the early christian community. Book 1, letter 9 the hectic daily routine at rome is frustrating, and pliny is glad to return to his winter estate at laurentum and spend his time studying instead. You have to wait until the end of the book to see the breezy roman way he makes the decision to execute a couple of christian women. Lefkowitz fannia was granddaughter of the famous arria the elder, a stoic, who committed suicide when her husband, caecina paetus, was condemned to death in a. Michael dirda is a fulbright fellowship recipient and pulitzer prizewinning columnist for the washington post book world. I have spent these several days past among my papers with the most pleasing tranquillity imaginable.
The nephew of pliny the elder wrote the only eyewitness youtube. Nihil novum nihil varium, nihil quod non semel spectasse sufficiat. Circenses erant, quo genere spectaculi ne levissime quidem teneor. It seems like the only issue is that it literally does not say my uncle, pliny in the opening of this letter. Nonfiction harvard classics pliny the younger letters. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book great audio books duration. Chapter 1 traces plinys autobiographical narrative throughout the letters. The text of books i to ix of the letters rests on three manuscript traditions, the 9 book, the 10book and the 8book, known as. An application of a profilebased method for authorship verification.
This work is licensed under a creative commons attributionsharealike 3. Firth 1900 a few words and phrases have been modified. Crop of pliny the younger and his mother at misenum, 79 ad, by angelica kauffmann 1785. Plinys letters provide a fascinating insight into roman life in. See key to translations for an explanation of the format.
You have constantly urged me to collect and publish the more highly finished of the letters that i may have written. Book x of the letters contains his correspondence with trajan during this period, and includes letters about the early christians. He was only eight years old when his father caecilius died, and he was adopted by his uncle, the elder pliny, author of the natural history. Read complete letters by pliny the younger available from rakuten kobo. The nephew of pliny the elder wrote the only eyewitness. He was at misenum at the time of the eruption of vesuvius in 79 described in two famous letters when the elder pliny died. Other letters include a ghost story, a story about a dolphin, descriptions of plinys villa, and plinys opinions on legacyhunting, the treatment of slaves and the decline in respect for. Dear acilius, 1 a terrible thing, worthy of more than just a letter, has been suffered at the hands of his slaves by larcius macedo.
I know that immortal fame awaits him if his death is recorded by you. Pliny the elder has 277 books on goodreads with 3804 ratings. He was the grandson of senator and landowner gaius caecilius, revered his uncle, pliny the elder who at this time was extremely famous around the roman empire, and provided sketches of how his. Plinys letter has been cited as evidence for the historicity of jesus, one of the best known examples of that being by josh mcdowell. Click on the l symbols to go the latin text of each letter. For who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance. Shuddering to remember this post belongs to a serialized translation and commentary of pliny the youngers letters 6. This is the first general introduction to plinys letters published in any language, combining close readings with broader context and adopting a fresh and innovative approach to reading the letters as an artistically structured collection. Download m4b part 1 143mb download m4b part 2 148mb download cover art download cd case insert. Gaius or caius plinius caecilius secundus, born gaius or caius plinius caecilius 6163 in como ca. Plinys lively and very personal letters address an astonishing range of topics, from a deeply moving account of his uncles death in the eruption that engulfed pompeii, to observations on the early christiansa desperate. It is my practice, my lord, to refer to you all matters concerning which i am in doubt. The younger pliny was born in 61 or 62 ce, the son of lucius caecilius of comum como and the elder plinys sister. I rise just when i find myself in the humour, though generally with the sun.1439 237 243 773 679 1252 672 546 168 1409 1305 128 32 1207 559 240 975 599 683 639 354 49 1112 582 743 1074 155 1079 1133 1225 103 1480 1385 822 466 133 1149 729 584 870 1279