Reading the <EM>Letters</EM> of Pliny the Younger: An Introduction by Roy K. GibsonReading the <EM>Letters</EM> of Pliny the Younger: An Introduction by Roy K. Gibson

Reading the <EM>Letters</EM> of Pliny the Younger: An Introduction

byRoy K. Gibson, Ruth Morello

Hardcover | April 23, 2012

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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. Chapter 1 traces Pliny's autobiographical narrative throughout the Letters; Chapter 2 undertakes detailed study of Book 6 as an artistic entity; while Chapter 3 sets Pliny's letters within a Roman epistolographical tradition dominated by Cicero and Seneca. Chapters 4-7 study thematic letter cycles within the collection, including those on Pliny's famous country villas and his relationships with Pliny the Elder and Tacitus. The final chapter focuses on the 'grand design' which unifies and structures the collection. Four detailed appendices give invaluable historical and scholarly context, including a helpful timeline for Pliny's life and career, detailed bibliographical help on over 30 popular topics in Pliny's letters and a summary of the main characters mentioned in the Letters.
Title:Reading the <EM>Letters</EM> of Pliny the Younger: An IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:April 23, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521842921

ISBN - 13:9780521842921

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Reading a life: Letters, Book 1; 2. Reading a book: Letters, Book 6; 3. Epistolary models: Cicero and Seneca; 4. Pliny's elders and betters: the Elder Pliny, Vestricius Spurinna, Corellius Rufus, Verginius Rufus; 5. Pliny's peers: reading for the addressee; 6. Otium: how to manage leisure; 7. Reading the Villa Letters: 9.7, 2.17, 5.6; 8. The grand design: how to read a collection; Appendix 1. A Pliny timeline, and the great Comum inscription; Appendix 2. Letters 1-9: catalogue of contents and addressees; Appendix 3. Popular topics in the Letters: bibliographical help; Appendix 4. Index of main characters in the Letters.