This modern translation of the ten books of Pliny's Letters provides a wealth of information on the social and political history of Rome at the turn of the first century, including Pliny's famous account of the destruction of Pompeii and his celebrated correspondence with the Emperor Trajan about the early Christians.
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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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.
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