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Complete Letters (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – June 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0199538942 ISBN-10: 0199538948

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Walsh is best known for his work on Livy and has produced editions and critical books on the author. For OWC he has translated Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Petronius, Satyricon, and Cicero, Nature of the Gods and On Obligations.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig Marshall on August 23, 2010
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A collection of letters from about 1900 years ago might be dusty, out of date and a mere curiosity, but the letters of Pliny are far from this. I am no latinist and know little of ancient Rome, so it was a delight to find such an approachable translation. The freshness of the letters surprises me. The things that exercised Pliny are very similar to those that concern us now. Political infighting, intrigue, character assassination, banishment and death over those things so familiar to us: theft, nepotism and the kind of cynical respectable corruption where the rich amass more at the expense of the less wealthy. Pliny seems to me to be at his best when he loses his consciousness of self and tells the story of his trials, his successes and his failures. He was clever and conscientious and a Good Man, but what a peacock! Pliny's arch references to his abilities and his sensitivity to the good opinion of others is amusing and more than a little embarrassing. I suppose we all have friends like that whose company we seek out until they speak of themselves.

I was left with the strong impression that life in Ancient Rome was far more like our own than ever I imagined it to be. The details of life were different but the principles were much the same. Romans had the same civic concerns as we do now, but failure then was a more serious business. Exile, confiscation of estates, a requirement to commit suicide and judicial or illegal death were the lot of those who judged it wrong.

Things were different, and I'm glad (and perhaps relieved) that my life is not forfeit should I choose wrong, but these letters give us much insight into a world 1900 years older than their writer. Perhaps Pliny was not outstanding at all of this in Ancient Rome, but he wrote and it is he we know when others are forgotten.

I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in human nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miguel on November 27, 2013
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This ebook collection of the letters of Pliny is badly fragmented, at least on my iPad 3. Sentence and paragraphs are formatted into non - contiguous blocks through the entire book. It's still readable, but it is distracting and annoying. There needs to be an upgrade.
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By Jerry Russell on January 31, 2014
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Pliny's letters are often read for their surface message, which appears to be about the routine life of a Roman bureaucrat. However, a closer read reveals that these letters are rich in puzzles and enigmas. Very intriguing.
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I got most of the context and really enjoyed what I understood. There were a few times where I could have used a bit more background. It made ancient Rome seem much more contemporary.
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This item was sent as a gift and was very well received. It arrived in good time and was reasonably priced.
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