Okay, they may be stretching it a bit far, but I have read articles that have suggested that the rise of social media is actually not a new phenomena and that forms of it have existed for centuries.
Recommends it for: Historians and Romanophiles Recommended to David by: Classical Studies A look into the life of a Roman aristocrat 4 June So we must work at our profession and not make anybody else's idleness an excuse for our own. Perhaps he was between posts.
No record of any ethnic distinctions in Pliny's time is apparent; the population prided themselves on being Roman citizens. Pliny the Younger was a native of Comum in the Tuscan countryside to the north of Rome.
Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Moreover, Suetonius hypothesizes that a party witnessing events so agonizing as to destroy Pliny or cause him to order his own death are suspect as they apparently were subject to none of these fatal events themselves. The first six consulships of Titus are in 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, and 77, all conjointly with Vespasian, and the seventh was in Two inscriptions identifying the hometown of Pliny the Younger as Como take precedence over the Verona theory. A memorial erected in Como now CIL V, repeats the terms of a will by which the aedile Lucius Caecilius Cilo, son of Lucius, established a fund, the interest of which was to buy oil used for soap for the baths of the people of Como.
It was at this time that Pliny became closer to his uncle Pliny the Elder.
A statement by Pliny the Younger that his uncle was offered , sesterces for his manuscripts by Larcius Licinius while he Pliny the Elder was procurator of Hispania makes it the most certain of the three. Pliny was the son of an equestrian Gaius Plinius Celer and his wife Marcella. Ronald Syme , Plinian scholar, reconstructs three periods at three ranks. Moreover, the dedication could have been written before publication, and it could have been published either privately or publicly earlier without the dedication. The family was prosperous; Pliny the Younger's combined inherited estates made him so wealthy that he could found a school and a library, endow a fund to feed the women and children of Como, and own multiple estates around Rome and Lake Como, as well as enrich some of his friends as a personal favor.
Pliny's continuation of Bassus's History was one of the authorities followed by Suetonius and Plutarch.
Pliny's mention of a brother Domitian and joint offices with a father, calling that father "great", points certainly to Titus. Like Pliny, he had come from the equestrian class, rising through the ranks of the army and public offices and defeating the other contenders for the highest office.
Okay, they may be stretching it a bit far, but I have read articles that have suggested that the rise of social media is actually not a new phenomena and that forms of it have existed for centuries. Anyway, as I began reading this collection of letters it suddenly struck me that I felt like I was reading Pliny's blog, except that back in those days they didn't have the internet, and while people would read his collection of letters, they could not write comments on them and start an online discussion. He had a sister, Plinia, who married into the Caecilii and was the mother of his nephew, Pliny the Younger, whose letters describe his work and study regimen in detail.
Like Pliny, he had come from the equestrian class, rising through the ranks of the army and public offices and defeating the other contenders for the highest office. It was to some degree reinstituted and later cancelled by his son Titus when Vespasian suppressed the philosophers at Rome, but not Pliny, who was not among them, representing, as he says, something new in Rome, an encyclopedist certainly, a venerable tradition outside Italy. It is the only work by Pliny to have survived, and the last that he published, lacking a final revision at his sudden and unexpected death in the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius. A part of me wished that I read these letters a lot closer, and also took some notes, because there are a lot of interesting little bits in here, such as an eyewitness account of the eruption of Vesuvius letter , two letters in which Pliny A look into the life of a Roman aristocrat 4 June So we must work at our profession and not make anybody else's idleness an excuse for our own. Associated with the commander in the praetorium , he became a familiar and close friend of Pomponius, who also was a man of letters.
These extracts were collected in the following manner: One servant would read aloud, and another would write the extract as dictated by Pliny. A statement by Pliny the Younger that his uncle was offered , sesterces for his manuscripts by Larcius Licinius while he Pliny the Elder was procurator of Hispania makes it the most certain of the three. In AD 46, at about age 23, Pliny entered the army as a junior officer, as was the custom for young men of equestrian rank. It is an achievement for a man to have not only survived the reigns of several disparate emperors, especially the much-detested Domitian , but also to have risen in rank throughout. The word ibat imperfect, "he used to go" gives a sense of repeated or customary action. The Naturalis Historia is one of the largest single works to have survived from the Roman Empire to the modern day and purports to cover the entire field of ancient knowledge, based on the best authorities available to Pliny.