Pliny's Women: Constructing Virtue and Creating Identity in by Jacqueline M. Carlon

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Pliny's ladies deals a complete attention of the various ladies who look within the letters of Pliny the more youthful. Combining particular prosopography with shut literary research, Jacqueline Carlon examines the identities of the ladies whom Pliny comprises and the way they and the boys with whom they're linked give a contribution either to this presentation of exemplary Romans and especially to his personal self-promotion. almost the entire named girls in Pliny's nine-book corpus are thought of. They shape six precise teams: these linked to competition to the principate; the family members of Pliny's mentor, Corellius Rufus; his family individuals; girls focused on testamentary disputes; excellent other halves; and girls of unseemly personality. distinct research of every letter stating ladies contains the identification of its recipient and everybody named inside, its disposition in the assortment, Pliny's language and magnificence, and its value to our notion of the altering social cloth of the early principate.

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53). Whether the emperor was vexed at this seeming usurpation of his authority cannot perhaps, Fannia’s uncle. Syme further includes Fannius as one of Thrasea’s nomina. Though such an assertion is only theoretical, it does seem credible that C. Fannius, who wrote three books of an unfinished work about the fate of those killed or exiled under Nero, was related to Thrasea’s family (Fannii appear with some frequency in CIL v, numbering at least sixteen individuals). The Stoic Opposition to the Principate 27 be determined.

While Iunius Mauricus is one of Pliny’s addressees and is mentioned in a number of letters, even Pliny provides little concrete information about him. 18), and so they offer no details of his political life. 5 that he must await the arrival of Mauricus and his approval before acting against Regulus for his role in the prosecution of Arulenus Rusticus. Whether Pliny was motivated by courteous respect for Mauricus or by close personal ties to him is 18 Pliny makes clear in Ep. 5 that it was entirely acceptable for individuals to eschew a senatorial career, choosing instead to live in relative obscurity outside of the city of Rome.

75) only as an example of the quick resolution of past military instability in contrast to the extended unrest of 69, but the historian’s cursory treatment of the revolt belies the symbolic importance of Arria the Elder and Paetus; their joint suicide became a model for both noble death and marital devotion. Pliny recounts several episodes from the elder Arria (I)’s life, all centered around her commitment to her husband, Aulus Caecina Paetus, and focused on the chief event of her life, the arrest and prosecution of her husband for treason against the emperor Claudius.

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