The letters by gaius plinius caecilius secundus librarything. 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. I got pliny the younger s letter to trajan from the notes to eusebius ecclesiastical history, book iii, ch. Definitely recommended to those who are interested in looking into our ancient past.
Of this one misfortune he is not deserving, but i do not know whether he considers it a misfortune. His letters are arranged in ten books, of which the tenth consists entirely of letters to and from the emperor trajan. As you are an exemplary instance of tender regard to your family in general, and to your late excellent brother in particular, whose warm attachment you returned with an equal fondness. You have constantly urged me to collect and publish the more highly finished of the letters that i may have written. The letters of the younger pliny book by pliny the younger. His letters are arranged in ten books, of which the tenth consists entirely of.
Jun 16, 2016 pliny to attius clemens regulus has lost his son. The comments at the bottom of the letters have been added from various sources. The letters of pliny the younger gaius plinius caecilius secundus are presented. The correspondence between pliny and emperor trajan shows that the roman empire, as a government entity, did not at this time seek out christians for prosecution or persecution. The original source is pliny the younger, epistles 10. Pliny the younger has 145 books on goodreads with 6500 ratings. It was at this time that pliny became closer to his uncle pliny the elder. Pliny s letter is the earliest pagan account to refer to early christians and provides a key description of roman administrative process and problems. Letters of pliny the younger to the historian tacitus. Walshs oxford world classics editionpliny the younger. Jun 24, 2010 the longestablished penguinthe letters of pliny theyounger was translated by betty radice, who also edited the latin text for the scholarly loeb series. The very excellent young man sempronius caelianus, having.
Click on the l symbols to go the latin text of each letter. Click anywhere in the line to jump to another position. Born in como, italy, pliny the younger was the nephew of pliny the elder, who is considered by many to be the greatest naturalist of antiquity. Buy a cheap copy of the letters of the younger pliny book by pliny the younger. When pliny the younger was 17 or 18, his uncle pliny the elder died attempting to rescue victims of the vesuvius eruption, and the terms of the elder pliny s will passed his estate to his nephew. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book great. The third book i wish to speak about i came upon entirely by accident. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger free at loyal books. See key to translations for an explanation of the format.
It would be a long story, and of no importance, were i to recount too particularly by what accident i who am not at all fond of society supped lately with a person, who in his own opinion lives in splendour combined with economy. The text of books i to ix of the letters rests on three manuscript traditions, the 9book, the 10book and the 8book, known as. This is the first general introduction to pliny s 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. The loeb classical library edition of pliny the younger is in two volumes. The collection includes his wellknown letters about the eruption of vesuvius 6.
Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Complete lettersoffers the advantage of extensive endnotes. An xml version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer perseus any modifications you make. Firth 1900 a few words and phrases have been modified. The boy had an alert character but an unreliable one, which however he could have followed what is right, if he had not taken after his father. I have some three thousand books in my house and now and then, looking at the serried shelves, i realise that i havent one i want to read. I know that immortal fame awaits him if his death is recorded by you. The letters of book 10 are addressed to or from the emperor trajan in their entirety. The letters of the younger pliny by pliny the younger. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book. Pliny responded with a narrative extending from the early afternoon. In these twin dilemmas, younger pliny focuses on the psychological processes of decisionmaking under stress. Sep 01, 2001 free kindle book and epub digitized and.
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. 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. The letters of pliny the younger gaius plinius caecilius secundus are presented here in the english translation by j. Epistulae vi letters 6 is the sixth of ten books of letters by the roman lawyer and author pliny the younger, mainly written around 106 to. 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. Books by pliny the younger author of the letters of the. Pliny the younger, nephew of the great naturalist pliny the elder, was a roman orator.
Choose from 500 different sets of pliny flashcards on quizlet. The project gutenberg ebook of letters of pliny, by pliny this ebook is for the use of. Roman senator and writer, gaius plinius caecilius secundus otherwise known as pliny the younger, who was seventeen years old at the time of the eruption, had witnessed the vesuvius eruption of 79 ad from the home of his uncle in misenum and managed to write a very accurate account some 25 years later. The letters of pliny the youngerletter ii, ix wikisource. A sixthcentury fragment of the letters of pliny the younger a study of six leaves of an uncial manuscript preserved in the pierpont morgan library new york by e. Chapter 1 traces pliny s autobiographical narrative throughout the letters. 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. On one such occasion i caught sight of the letters of pliny the younger loeb library. The smell of sulfur this post belongs to a serialized translation and commentary of pliny the youngers letters 6. These letters are a unique testimony of roman administrative history and everyday life in the 1st century ce. Pliny has a gift for description and a versatile prose style, and more than any of his contemporaries he gives an unprejudiced picture of rome as he knew it. In the same document the younger pliny was adopted by his uncle.
Plinius caecilius secundus, usually known as pliny the younger, was. Book vi 396 book vii 484 map of central and northern italy 565 volume ii. Letters of pliny, by gaius plinius caecilius secundus. This final book was, significantly, not intended for publication. This work is licensed under a creative commons attributionsharealike 3. Chapter 2 undertakes detailed study of book 6 as an artistic entity. Pliny the youngers most popular book is the letters of the younger pliny. 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. This penguin classics edition is translated with an introduction by betty radice. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, usually known as pliny the younger, was born at como in 62 a. 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. Ad 611 was also a prolific letter writer, who numbered among his correspondents such eminent figures as tacitus.756 613 184 49 96 1375 198 422 532 1437 179 14 191 303 1087 1553 327 364 1073 1350 1309 1109 950 1133 1052 368 982 1369 451 1267 1491 804 286 1320 1249 792 28 973 256 190