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Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the Letters of Pliny the Younger to understand better both the ways in which Pliny constructs a reading community and the particularities of that community. Pliny’s construction ... More


Suetonius and the uiri illustres of Pliny the Younger

Roy K. Gibson

in Suetonius the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199697106
eISBN:
9780191779510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697106.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter compares the literary figures mentioned in Pliny the Younger’s Letters with the biographical subjects in the remains of Suetonius’ Illustrious Men. Places of overlap and divergence ... More


Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Tacitus and Pliny were fellow orators of distinction with apparently close connections between their communities. Tacitus’s Dialogus purports to show us the inner workings and debates of a tight ... More


Putting Variety at Issue Varietas in Pliny the Younger, Lucretius, and Horace

William Fitzgerald

in Variety: The Life of a Roman Concept

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226299495
eISBN:
9780226299525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226299525.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The third chapter examines the strategic role that the concept (and vocabulary) of variety plays in three Latin authors. In Pliny’s letters, variety plays an important role in negotiating Pliny’s ... More


Making History: Pliny's Letters to Tacitus and Angelica Kauffmann's Pliny the Younger and his Mother at Misenum

Victoria C. Gardner Coates

in Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199569366
eISBN:
9780191808265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569366.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

A first-hand account of Vesuvius' eruption in 79 CE has survived in the form of two letters by Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the event from his uncle's villa at Misenum. Pliny's physical presence ... More


“Let there be no violence contrary to my wish”: Emperors and Provincial Order

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199737840
eISBN:
9780199928576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the emperors’ oversight of public order in the Roman provinces, with special attention to the correspondence between Trajan and Pliny the Younger, when Pliny was governor of ... More


Romans and Greeks: New Views in the Graeca Urbs

James Uden

in The Invisible Satirist: Juvenal and Second-Century Rome

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387274
eISBN:
9780199387298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387274.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter highlights Juvenal’s response to the so-called Second Sophistic, the flowering of Greek rhetoric and philosophy through the Empire in the late first to the third centuries. It begins by ... More


The Gift of Status

Thomas R. Blanton, IV

in A Spiritual Economy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300220407
eISBN:
9780300225143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300220407.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Studies of gift exchange have long recognized that lavish giving is associated with enhanced status. This chapter shows that status itself may sometimes be granted as a gift rather than being simply ... More


Plutarch and Trajanic Ideology

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter compares the ideologies of government of Plutarch and of Pliny the Younger, setting the former’s thinking on leadership alongside Pliny’s restrained praise of the emperor Trajan in his ... More


Ancient Rome: The Empire after Augustus

Derek Attridge

in The Experience of Poetry: From Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833154
eISBN:
9780191873898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833154.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on the institution of the recitatio, characteristic of late Augustan and post-Augustan Rome, whereby poets read out their unfinalized poetry for an audience to criticize before ... More


. Republican Rome

THOMAS K. HUBBARD

in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223813
eISBN:
9780520936508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223813.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

The knowledge of the early Roman Republic is mostly legendary and is preserved predominately by historians writing long after the events they describe. The earliest evidence for homosexual acts ... More


Collectors, Collecting, and Collections

Carolyn Higbie

in Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World: Object Lessons

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198759300
eISBN:
9780191819872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759300.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 1 surveys ancient collectors across the Mediterranean, from Lydians and Persians to Greeks and Romans, and across the centuries, from the sixth century BC to the second century AD. It shows ... More


The Justice of Trajan in Pliny Epistles 10 and Plutarch

Philip A. Stadter

in Plutarch and his Roman Readers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198718338
eISBN:
9780191787638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718338.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In this chapter it is shown that study of Pliny’s artful correspondence with Trajan (Epistles 10) and Plutarch’s statements reveals that Plutarch shared the ideology of the just ruler articulated by ... More


The Tomb of Virgil between Text, Memory, and Site

Irene Peirano Garrison

in Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198826477
eISBN:
9780191865442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826477.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the earliest traditions clustering around Virgil’s tomb. Its geographical location on the Via Puteolana, identified in the ancient lives, activates not only literary memories of ... More


Periods of Persecution

Aideen M. Hartney

in Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: Christian Martyrs and Ascetics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675426
eISBN:
9781781380567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675426.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses the persecution of Christians. Topics covered include Nero's instigation of the first ‘official’ persecution of Christianity and Christians; a correspondence between Pliny the ... More


Ruins and Reputations: The Tomb of the Poet in Visual Art

Sam Smiles

in Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198826477
eISBN:
9780191865442
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198826477.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores how poetic inspiration, centred around the tombs of ancient poets, can be expressed through the material idiom of painting. It approaches the ‘tomb of Virgil’ through the eyes ... More


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