Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger

Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger

An Introduction

Gibson, Roy K. (University of Manchester); Morello, Ruth (University of Manchester)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

Situates Pliny's Letters within the letter-writing tradition, offers new readings of favourite letters, and emphasises the importance of understanding letters within the context of original books or informal 'cycles'. For advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars interested in the study of ancient letters and imperial Latin literature.
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.
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