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Pliny the Younger: 'Epistles' Book II

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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521187275

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  • Pliny the Younger's nine-book Epistles is a masterpiece of Roman prose. Often mined as a historical and pedagogical sourcebook, this collection of 'private' letters is now finding recognition as a rich and rewarding work in its own right. The second book is a typically varied yet taut suite of miniatures, including among its twenty letters the trial of Marius Priscus and Pliny's famous portrait of his Laurentine villa. This edition, the first to address a complete book of Epistles in over a century, presents a Latin text together with an introduction and commentary intended for students, teachers and scholars. With clear linguistic explanations and full literary analysis, it invites readers to a fresh appreciation of Pliny's lettered art.

    • The first modern commentary on Pliny the Younger for both students and scholars
    • Includes clear explanations of language, style and context
    • Provides a fresh interpretation of a key work of Latin literature and in particular shows the importance of interpreting Pliny's letters in the context of the book
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    '… a sophisticated resource for mature academics and a catalyst for invigorating classroom discussion for students.' Noelle Zeiner-Carmichael, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    '… sets an extraordinarily high standard … a tour de force … an exceptional commentary.' Jacqueline Carlon, Classical Review

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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521187275
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
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    Pliny the Younger


    Christopher Whitton, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Whitton is a University Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College; he is also currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Freie Universität zu Berlin. Dr Whitton is a specialist in Latin literature, in particular prose of the early Roman empire. This is his first book.

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