Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, or Pliny, owes his literary fame to his




), which comprise nine books of private letters (books 1-9) and one book of his official correspondence with the emperor Trajan (book 10). Pliny’s epistolary work offers a most valuable insight to the author’s intellectual environment and the culture of literary and political friendship within the Roman aristocracy during Trajan’s dominion. Books 1-9 contain the author’s own collection of 247 private letters addressed to a remarkable number of 105 real, not fictive recipients (Pliny’s friends and other members of the Roman aristocracy of his time). The exact dating of the letters remains unresolved, since only a very small number of trustworthy chronological markers are found in the…

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Citation: Michalopoulos, Charilaos N.. "Epistulae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2009 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

26476 Epistulae 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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