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Letters of Pliny

Pliny the Younger (61 - ca. 112)

1. Introduction
2. Letters 1-7
3. Letters 8-14
4. Letters 15-21
5. Letters 22-25
6. Letters 26-31
7. Letters 32-39
8. Letters 40-49
9. Letters 50-53
10. Letters 54-64
11. Letters 65-66
12. Letters 67-76
13. Letters 77-83
14. Letters 84-89
15. Letters 90-96
16. Letters 97-105
17. Letters 106-110
18. Letters T1-27
19. Letters T28-51
20. Letters T52-70
21. Letters T71-96
22. Letters T97-98
23. Letters T99-122

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Summary

The largest surviving body of Pliny's work is his Epistulae (Letters), a series of personal missives directed to his friends, associates and the Emperor Trajan. These letters are a unique testimony of Roman administrative history and everyday life in the 1st century CE. Especially noteworthy among the letters are two in which he describes the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79, during which his uncle Pliny the Elder died (65 and 66 in this edition), and one in which he asks the Emperor for instructions regarding official policy concerning Christians (Trajan Letter 97). Other letters include a ghost story, a story about a dolphin, descriptions of Pliny's villa, and Pliny's opinions on legacy-hunting, the treatment of slaves and the decline in respect for orators.

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