Complete Letters

Paperback | February 26, 2009

EditorPliny The YoungerTranslated byPeter G. Walsh

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'Gaius Pliny sends greetings to his friend Septicius Clarus...'In these letters to his friends and relations, Pliny provides a fascinating insight into Roman life in the period 97 to 112 AD. Part autobiography, part social history, they document the career and interests of a senator and leading imperial official whose friends include the historians Tacitus andSuetonius. Pliny's letters cover a wide range of topics, from the contemporary political scene to domestic affairs, the educational system, the rituals and conduct of Roman religion, the treatment of slaves, and the phenomena of nature. He describes in vivid detail the eruption of Vesuvius whichkilled his uncle, and the daily routines of a well-to-do Roman in the courts, and at leisure, enjoying rural pursuits at his country estates.In the introduction to his lively and sympathetic new translation, P.G. Walsh examines the background to these often intimate and enthralling letters.

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'Gaius Pliny sends greetings to his friend Septicius Clarus...'In these letters to his friends and relations, Pliny provides a fascinating insight into Roman life in the period 97 to 112 AD. Part autobiography, part social history, they document the career and interests of a senator and leading imperial official whose friends include ...

Peter Walsh is best known for his work on Livy and has produced editions and critical books on the author. For OWC he has translated Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Petronius, Satyricon, and Cicero, Nature of the Gods and On Obligations.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsIntroductionNote on the Text and TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Pliny the YoungerComplete LettersMap of Bithynia and PontusExplanatory NotesIndexes:I. Aspects of Social LifeII. Pliny's CorespondentsIII. General