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The Younger Pliny was born in 61 or 62 CE, the son of Lucius Caecilius of Comum (Como) and the Elder Pliny's sister. He was educated at home and then in Rome under Quintilian. 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 started his career at the Roman bar at the age of eighteen. He moved

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Published January 1st 1969 by Harvard University Press (first published 112)
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I had thought one could not find a more cringe-worthy example of sycophantic self-abasement than Pliny's Letters to Trajan.

Then I read Pliny's Panegyricus to Trajan.

Pliny is a conforming, brown-nosing, tedious writer.
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Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 AD – August 25, 79 AD), better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. Spending most of his spare time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, he wrote an encyclopedic work, Natur ...more
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Natural History: A Selection Letters, Volume I: Books 1-7 Natural History: Volume 1, Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library #330) Fifty Letters of Pliny Pliny: Natural History, Volume VII, Books 24-27. Index of Plants. (Loeb Classical Library No. 393)

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