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1 Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus Pliny the Younger
2 Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus c. AD 61–c.112Born in Comum, son of a landownerAdopted by his uncle, Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder), an equestrian, military figure, polymath, and author of Natural History
5 Curriculum Vitae Trained in Rhetoric in Rome c. 81 AD served for a year with the army in SyriaReturned to Rome – entered the SenateMade a career as an advocate in the law courtsspecializing in inheritance casesprosecuting provincial governors for extortion93 AD Praetor100 AD Consul
6 Administrative Postings 94 – 96 AD praefectus aerari militaris, in charge of army pensionsAD curator alvei Tiberis; charged with care for the banks of the Tiber110 AD Governor of Bithynia PontusDied in BithyniaFrom here he raises a question: “What to do about the Christians” – early documentary evidence about Christians and their beliefs.
7 Literary Achievements Published nine books of lettersCommentary on social issues, politics, literature, domestic issues of the dayHighly polished, making use of poetic and rhetorical devices – written with an intent to publishHis 10th book of letters is a record of correspondence with the Emperor TrajanAlso published some poetry and other treatises on a wide variety of subjects
8 Personal LifeWitnessed the eruption of Vesuvius, when it destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, and StabiaeMarried three times, his first two wives died youngCalpurnia, his third wife, figures prominently in his lettersClose friends with Tacitus, whose Annals establish him as a foremost historian of Rome during the early principate
9 Selected Bibliography "Pliny" The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. Ed. M.C. Howatson and Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press, Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Paul VI Catholic High School. 1 November 2006 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t9.e2316>Simon R. F. Price "Pliny the Younger" Who's Who in the Classical World. Ed. Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth. Oxford University Press, Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Paul VI Catholic High School. 1 November 2006 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t10.e422>