Pliny the Younger (61/62 – c. 112), Roman senator and man of letters, has three unique prose works to his name: the nine-book Epistles, a masterpiece of fragmented autobiography, the Panegyricus (an oration addressed to the emperor Trajan), the only extant speech from the early Roman empire, and a book of correspondence with Trajan, probably edited posthumously and now known as Epistles 10.


Gaius (or Lucius) Caecilius Secundus was born in 61 or 62 CE to an equestrian family of Comum (modern Como, near Milan) in Transpadana, the northern Italian region that produced so many of Rome’s great literary talents. Our information about his parents is scarce. The father, L. Caecilius Secundus, …

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Whitton, Christopher. "Pliny the Younger". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 July 2013
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Articles on Pliny's works

  1. Epistulae [Letters]
  2. Panegyricus [Panegyric]