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The Letters of Pliny the Younger (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 4 Dec 2003
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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.
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There are times when Pliny, like Cicero, can be unbearably pompous and moral but he can equally be quite gossipy with his recounting of scandalous stories. His letters to Tacitus about the eruption of Vesuvius and the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder, are probably well-known to anyone who has ever studied Latin (and they still remain tutors' favourites for unseens...) but there are other delights in this collection.
Without ever having the political resonance of Cicero's letters, these are less `public' but no less fascinating.
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Penguin has produced a great translation. Absolutely fabulous read. Good layout as well.Read more