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Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger

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Publisher Comments:

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 to 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781139334808
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
Literary Collections : Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Author:
Gibson, Roy
Author:
Morello, Ruth
Subject:
Foreign Language Study : Latin
Publication Date:
March 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
350

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