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The Art of Pliny's Letters


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Introduction; 1. The semiotics of structure; 2. Sed quid ego tam gloriose? Pliny's choice of poetics; 3. The importance of being Secundus: Tacitus' voice in Pliny's letters; 4. Storming historiography: Pliny's voice in Tacitus' texts; 5. Overcoming Ciceronian anxiety: Pliny's niche/nike in literary history; From dawn till dusk: four notes in lieu of a conclusion; Appendix to Chapter 5.

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This text treats Pliny's epistles as a work of literature, illuminating contemporary cultural debates.


Review of the hardback: '... perhaps the most ambitious literary examination of Pliny's letters produced in the last eighty years ... Marchesi successfully exposes the complexity of Pliny's enterprise, giving a clear sense of its richness and its detailed interaction directly and through intermediaries with both the literature of his own time and that of canonical stature.' International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"Marchesi writes in a congenial style; the translations accompanying all Latin quotations are fresh and lively..." --Christopher Whitton, University of Cambridge: New England Classical Journal

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