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Letters of Pliny the Younger (4 vols.)

by Pliny the Younger

William Heinemann, Macmillan Co. 1931

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Overview

Over the course of his career, Pliny the Younger served as a high-ranking official during the reigns of three Roman emperors, including the tyrannical Domitian. He witnessed the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum and claimed the life of Pliny’s uncle, Pliny the Elder. These, and a wealth of other experiences, make Pliny the Younger’s Letters a fascinating lens into the ancient world. Included in these four volumes are Pliny’s personal correspondence with significant historical figures like Emperor Trajan and Tacitus the historian. Interestingly, most of these letters were originally written with the intention of some day being published. As an orator and a writer, Pliny sought to emulate Cicero, and the result was a series of highly literary letters that now offer insightful discussions of imperial life and political issues—including the persecution of early Christians, which Pliny had a direct role in. Pliny’s Letters provide valuable information about his contemporaries, such as Martial, Silius Italicus, Suetonius, Pliny the Elder, and others. Perhaps more importantly, the Letters reveal Pliny’s own intriguing character.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each volume is included in its original Latin with an English translation for easy side-by-side comparison. Logos’ language tools help you to go deeper into the Latin text and explore Pliny the Younger’s elegant language. Use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult Latin words and find every occurrence in your library for deeper contextual understanding. There’s never been a better way for students of history, culture, and Latin literature to absorb these classic works.

Key Features

  • Illuminates imperial society
  • Contains personal correspondence with noteworthy Romans
  • Targets a literary audience
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

Letters, vol. 1

  • Author: Pliny the Younger
  • Editor: W. M. L. Hutchinson
  • Translator: William Melmoth
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 268

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains W. M. L. Hutchinson’s revisions of the first six books of Pliny the Younger’s Letters, translated by William Melmoth.

Letters, vol. 1: Latin Text

  • Editor: W. M. L. Hutchinson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 267

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains the Latin text of the first six books of Pliny the Younger’s Letters, translated by William Melmoth.

Letters, vol. 2

  • Author: Pliny the Younger
  • Editor: W. M. L. Hutchinson
  • Translator: William Melmoth
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 220

This volume contains W. M. L. Hutchinson’s revisions of books seven through ten of Pliny the Younger’s Letters, translated by William Melmoth.

Letters, vol. 2: Latin Text

  • Editor: W. M. L. Hutchinson
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 220

This volume contains the Latin text of books seven through ten of Pliny the Younger’s Letters, translated by William Melmoth.

Product Details

  • Title: Letters of Pliny the Younger
  • Author: Pliny the Younger
  • Editor: W. M. L. Hutichinson
  • Translator: William Melmoth
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co. and G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 975

About Pliny the Younger

Gauius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (AD 61–ca. 112) was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Rome. Raised by his uncle, Pliny the Elder, he received an excellent education and rose beyond the typical ranks of the equestrian social class. He was elected quaestor in his late twenties, and proceeded to rise in rank throughout the reigns of emperors Domitian, Nerva, and Trajan, serving as praetor, prefect, consul, augur, a member of judicial court, and imperial governor, among other positions. Pliny the Younger witnessed and documented the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which likely claimed the life of his uncle.