The letters of pliny the younger this site contains a selection of letters by pliny the younger. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. Dec 10, 2016 a presentation on pliny the younger telling of his life and legacy. An index arranged by topic with links to all the letters on this. When a reading differing from his has been adopted, the differ ence has commonly been referred to in a note. He plans to work next on a commentary on pliny, letters book 6. He was the nephew of pliny the elder, a famous author and natural philosopher. Chapter 1 traces plinys autobiographical narrative throughout the letters.
Pliny the younger was the governor of bithynia and pontus on the black sea coast of anatolia, having arrived there around september 111 as the representative of emperor trajan. Hence it cannot be questioned that after speaking somewhat discursively for several days, as he was bound to do, he subsequently trimmed and revised his oration and compressed it into a single book a long one, it is true, but yet a single book. Pliny the younger was born in novum comum como, northern italy around 61 ad, the son of lucius caecilius cilo, born there, and his wife plinia marcella, a sister of pliny the elder. This new edition of the two letters in which pliny the younger gives his eyewitness account of the most fabulous natural disaster ever fabled by mankindthe eruption of mt. Pliny the elder died in ad 79 in stabiae while attempting the rescue of a friend and his family by ship from the eruption of mount vesuvius, which had already destroyed the cities of pompeii and herculaneum. The letters of pliny the younger gaius plinius caecilius secundus are presented here in the english translation by j.
A presentation on pliny the younger telling of his life and legacy. Pliny the younger has 145 books on goodreads with 6500 ratings. Letters of pliny, by gaius plinius caecilius secundus. The letters of the younger pliny are a good source to look into during this period of roman history to see the dangers and excitement in which these people lived there certainly was a lot of it. The epistulae are later copies of a series of personal missives by pliny the younger directed to. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, known as pliny the younger, was the son of a landowner from comum in northern italy. Pliny book 9, letter 6 english translation pliny book 9, letter 6 latin text pliny book 9, letter 19 english translation pliny book 9, letter 19 latin text slaves.
Ad 611 was also a prolific letterwriter, who numbered among his correspondents such eminent figures as tacitus. Selected letters from pliny the younger s epistulae. After being first tutored at home, pliny moved to rome where he was taught by quintilian, the citys first professor of rhetoric. The origin of christianity in that region is not known, but it has not been associated with paul the apostles travels. Chapter 2 undertakes detailed study of book 6 as an artistic entity. Illustrated delphi ancient classics book 28 by pliny the younger, gaius plinius caecilius secundus.
An xml version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer perseus any modifications you make. They are from the 1915 loeb edition, which is in the public domain. Buy a cheap copy of the letters of the younger pliny book by pliny the younger. In the same document the younger pliny was adopted by his uncle. Pliny the younger wrote hundreds of letters, of which 247 survive and are of great historical value.
Plinys uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him and they were both witnesses to. The smell of sulfur this post belongs to a serialized translation and commentary of pliny the youngers letters 6. Pliny the younger article about pliny the younger by the. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, usually known as pliny the younger, was. Pliny the younger simple english wikipedia, the free. Pliny the younger s comments about his uncle are i think very relevant to his own attitudes and philosophy.
The notes are merely such as are absolutely necessary to make the english text intelligible to the reader. The letters of pliny the younger, selected and edited together with a companion to plinys letters. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, born gaius caecilius or gaius caecilius cilo 61 c. He was only eight years old when his father, caecilius, died, and he was adopted by his uncle, the elder pliny, author of the natural history. Pliny the younger, latin in full gaius plinius caecilius secundus, born 6162 ce, comum italydied c. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, born gaius caecilius or gaius caecilius cilo 61 ad ca. Together with his uncle, the elder pliny, pliny the younger witnessed the eruption of vesuvius in 79 ad the elder pliny died in the eruption. Just this, that i dont want you, who are a young man of great. After his fathers death pliny was brought up by his uncle, pliny the elder. Pliny the younger pliny, the younger an online book about this author is available, as is a wikipedia article. Indeed, many academics remember the younger for these comments. Thank you for asking me to send you a description of my uncles death so that you can leave an accurate account of it for posterity1. The letters of the younger pliny penguin classics by pliny the younger and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This post belongs to a serialized translation and commentary of pliny the youngers letters 6.
Liddell and scott, sub voce, nical sense in logic a syllogism drawn is here used in the sense of. Pliny the younger s most popular book is the letters of the younger pliny. Very few words are necessary by way of preface to the following translation. This is the first general introduction to plinys 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. Podcast for kids nfb radio 101 sermon podcast backstage opera for iphoneipod pauping off all steak no sizzle podcast church of the oranges. The younger pliny was born in 61 or 62 ce, the son of lucius caecilius of comum como and the elder plinys sister. The rest of the site has the text of the letters in latin and translations into rather archaic english. Pliny s standard practice was to write the emperor about almost everything. Pliny the younger was a lawyer, author, and an eyewitness to one of the worst disasters in human history. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book. Literally translated i have followed keils text, but not servilely.
In short, the letters of pliny the younger give us a picture of social life as it was in the closing years of the first, and the opening years of the second century of the christian era, which is as fascinating as it is absolutely unique. He was the grandson of senator and landowner gaius caecilius, revered his uncle, pliny the elder who at this time was extremely famous around the roman empire, and provided sketches of how his uncle worked on. Pliny the younger refers to tacituss reliance upon his uncles book, the history of the german wars. He was at misenum at the time of the eruption of vesuvius in 79 described in two famous letters when the elder pliny died. Pliny s uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him and they were both witnesses to the eruption of vesuvius on 24 august 79 ad. Pliny the younger was an ancient roman author, lawyer and magistrate who left behind a collection of hundreds of letters which became an important source for roman history. Letters of pliny the younger translation in english. The project gutenberg ebook of letters of pliny, by pliny this ebook is for the.
An index arranged by book and letter number to all the letters on this site. A sixthcentury fragment of the letters of pliny the younger a study of six leaves of an uncial manuscript preserved in the pierpont morgan library new york. He is coeditor with ruth morello of both reimagining pliny the younger arethusa special number 36. Letters of pliny by pliny the younger full audio book great. All search options view abbreviations home collectionstexts perseus catalog research grants open source about help. The younger pliny was born in 61 or 62 ce, the son of lucius caecilius of comum como and the elder pliny s sister. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Pliny the younger search for documents in search only in pliny the younger. Click on the l symbols to go the latin text of each letter. Caius plinius caecilius secundus pliny the younger the son of a landowner named caius caecilius was born in ad 61. Books by pliny the younger author of the letters of the.
The loeb classical library edition of pliny the younger is in two volumes. They were both witnesses to the eruption of vesuvius on 24 august 79 ad. Pliny s uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him. Pliny the younger biography childhood, life achievements. The letters of pliny the younger this site contains a selection of letters by pliny the younger, which i used in teaching latin 301 the world of pliny the younger at bates college in maine. The letters of pliny the younger, selected and edited together with a companion to. Pliny on himself alpha classics by pliny the younger and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This final book was, significantly, not intended for publication. Pliny the younger gaius plinius caecilius secundus, 611 ad was a roman governor of bithynia in asia minor from 1111 ad modern day turkey.
Plinys uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him and they were both witnesses to the eruption of vesuvius on august 24th, 79 ad. Commentary by jacqueline carlon oxford greek and latin college commentaries. He was a friend and fellow soldier of vespasian, and he dedicated his great work to titus. For an index with links to all the letters on this site arranged by book and letter number, click here.
Vesuvius in italy and the destruction of whole communities and cities. When pliny the younger was 17 or 18, his uncle pliny the elder died attempting to rescue victims of the vesuvius eruption, and the terms of the elder pliny s will passed his estate to his nephew. I know that immortal fame awaits him if his death is recorded by you. The letters of pliny the younger by pliny nook book. Gaius plinius caecilius secundus, usually known as pliny the younger, was born at como in 62 a. But, argues my friend, a good indictment is a different thing from a good speech. This ebook contains the collected surviving letters of roman scholar, author, lawyer, and magistrate pliny the younger 62c. An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Pliny likely wrote the letters from amisus before his term ended in january 1. Find out more about this on this lesson about his life and works. The text of books i to ix of the letters rests on three manuscript traditions, the 9book, the 10book and the 8book, known as. This work is licensed under a creative commons attributionsharealike 3. Pliny the younger pliny, the younger the online books page. The letters of the younger pliny book by pliny the younger. Definitely recommended to those who are interested in looking into our ancient past. Over the course of his career, pliny the younger served as a highranking official during the reigns of three roman emperors, including the tyrannical domitian. He was educated at home and then in rome under quintilian. See key to translations for an explanation of the format. Greek and roman arabic germanic 19thcentury american renaissance richmond times italian poetry. Pliny has a gift for description and a versatile prose style, and more than any of his contemporaries he gives an unprejudiced picture of rome as he knew it. Pliny the younger quotes author of the letters of the.
Plinys uncle, pliny the elder, helped raise and educate him. Sometime between 1495 and 1500 giovanni giocondo discovered a manuscript in paris of plinys tenth book of letters, containing his. Vesuvius, which destroyed pompeii and herculaneum and claimed the life of pliny s uncle, pliny the elder. Firth 1900 a few words and phrases have been modified. As already mentioned above, highlights of these books include plinys description of. Pliny the younger author of the letters of the younger pliny.950 825 1650 105 237 919 761 1411 845 14 1511 627 555 1466 447 997 555 1031 802 989 378 1345 590 1448 536 857 1051 1498 1463 540 1387 1308 589 445 39 185