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Providing a series of fascinating views of Imperial Rome, The Letters of the Younger Pliny also offer one of the fullest self-portraits to survive from classical times. Pliny's 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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About the Author
Pliny (c. AD 61-113), a prominent lawyer and administrator, 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
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
Index of Proper Names and Places