The Epistles of Pliny

ISBN : 9780199545940

Roy Gibson; Christopher Whitton
544 ページ
138 x 216 mm
Oxford Readings in Classical Studies

This volume brings together some of the best and most influential work to be published on the Epistles of Pliny the Younger in recent decades. Covering historical, (auto)biographical, and literary aspects of the Epistles and their reception, the nineteen classic articles included here offer a wide and representative range of approaches to Pliny, from prosopography and social history to intertextuality and self-representation. Topics include Pliny's villas, friends, and career, alongside literary and historical readings of some of his most famous letters, such as those on the eruption of Vesuvius and the torture of Christians, and correspondence with and about his wife Calpurnia, his uncle Pliny the Elder, his rival Regulus, the historian Tacitus and the emperor Trajan. The volume includes several chapters currently out of print or scarcely available (such as Birley's on Pliny's career and Eco's on the first Vesuvius letter), one which has been wholely rewritten (Cameron on reception) and one newly translated from German (Schenk on intertextuality). In addition, most have been updated by their authors, and translations of all Latin and other foreign languages have been added. A substantial introductory chapter by the editors offers the first full account of the history of scholarship on the Epistles from the birth of printing to the present day, summarises important recent work in languages other than English, and contextualises the articles included within the broader context of modern approaches to Pliny. Pliny the Younger's ten books of Epistles have only recently moved into the mainstream of classical studies from their traditional role as fodder for Latin beginners or filing cabinet for Roman historians. This volume marks and consolidates that shift by reprinting nineteen of the best and most influential contributions on Pliny and his Epistles from recent decades, newly edited, revised and/or translated into English. It begins with a new, substantial account of the history of Plinian scholarship and survey of the contemporary scholarly landscape. Together this collection offers a detailed study of the man, the events of his time, his career, his friends, even his possessions, and above all the varied artistic and ideological facets of his letters.


1 Christopher Whitton and Roy Gibson: Readers and Readings of Pliny's Epistles
Pliny in History
2 A. R. Birley: Pliny's Family, Pliny's Career
3 R. Syme: Pliny's Less Successful Friends
4 R. Duncan-Jones: The Finances of a Senator
5 Edward Champlin: Pliny's Other Country
Reading Epistles 1-9
6 Henry W. Traub: Pliny's Treatment of History in Epistolary Form
7 Charles E. Murgia: The Chronology and Arrangement of Pliny's Letters
8 Jo-Ann Shelton: Pliny the Younger, and the Ideal Wife
9 Umberto Eco: A Portrait of the Elder as a Young Pliny
10 Bettina Bergmann: Visualizing Pliny's Villas
11 Andrew M. Riggsby: Self and Community in the Younger Pliny
12 Matthew Roller: Pliny's Catullus: The Politics of Literary Appropriation
13 Stanley E. Hoffer: Models of Senators and Emperors: Regulus, the Bad Senator
14 Peter Schenk: Forms of Intertextuality in the Epistles of Pliny the Younger
15 Miriam Griffin: Pliny and Tacitus
16 John Henderson: Knowing Someone Through Their Books: Pliny on Uncle Pliny (Epistles 3.5)
Epistles 10: A Case Apart?
17 Fergus Millar: Trajan: Government by Correspondence
18 Greg Woolf: Pliny's Province
Pliny's Afterlife
19 Alan Cameron: Pliny's Afterlife
20 L. D. Reynolds: The Transmission of Pliny's Epistles


Roy Gibson is Professor of Latin at the University of Manchester. His publications include Ovid: Ars Amatoria Book 3 (Cambridge, 2003) and (with R. Morello) Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2012). He is currently completing a biography of Pliny (Man of High Empire) and a commentary on Pliny, Letters Book 6. ; Christopher Whitton is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College. His publications include articles on literary, historical and linguistic aspects of Pliny's works and a commentary on Epistles Book 2 (Cambridge, 2013).