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Pliny the Younger

Birthdate: 61 AC
Date of death: 113
Other names: Plinio il Giovane

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Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo , better known as Pliny the Younger , was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny's uncle, Pliny the Elder, helped raise and educate him.

Pliny the Younger wrote hundreds of letters, of which 247 survive and are of great historical value. Some are addressed to reigning emperors or to notables such as the historian Tacitus. Pliny served as an imperial magistrate under Trajan , and his letters to Trajan provide one of the few surviving records of the relationship between the imperial office and provincial governors.Pliny rose through a series of civil and military offices, the cursus honorum. He was a friend of the historian Tacitus and might have employed the biographer Suetonius on his staff. Pliny also came into contact with other well-known men of the period, including the philosophers Artemidorus and Euphrates the Stoic, during his time in Syria.

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Quotes Pliny the Younger

„It is in the body politic, as in the natural, those disorders are most dangerous that flow from the head.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book IV, Utque in corporibus sic in imperio gravissimus est morbus, qui a capite diffunditur. Letter 22, 7.

„Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and by sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book VIII, Context: Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and by sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye.... We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have an opportunity of seeing when we please. Letter 20, 1.

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„Never do a thing concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book I, Quod dubites, ne feceris. Letter 18, 5.

„Votes go by number, not weight; nor can it be otherwise in assemblies of this kind, where nothing is more unequal than that equality which prevails in them.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book II, Numerantur enim sententiae, non ponderantur; nec aliud in publico consilio potest fieri, in quo nihil est tam inaequale quam aequalitas ipsa. Letter 12, 5.

„He used to say that "no book was so bad but that some good might be got out of it."“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book III, Dicere etiam solebat nullum esse librum tam malum ut non aliqua parte prodesset.. Letter 5, 10, referring to Pliny the Elder.

„For the malicious, is not, I trust, the only judicious reader.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book IX, Neque enim soli iudicant qui maligne legunt. Letter 38.

„To name the man is to say all!“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book IV, Dixi omnia cum hominem nominavi. Letter 22, 4.

„It is long since I have known the sweets of leisure and repose; since I have known in fine, that indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing, and being nothing.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book VIII, Olim nescio quid sit otium quid quies, quid denique illud iners quidem, iucundum tamen nihil agere nihil esse. Letter 9, 1.

„His only fault is that he has no fault.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book IX, Nihil peccat, nisi quod nihil peccat. Letter 26, 1.

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„Experience, that excellent master.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book I, Usus, magister egregius. Letter 20, 12.

„The lust of lucre has so totally seized upon mankind, that their wealth seems rather to possess them, than they to possess their wealth.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book IX, Ea invasit homines habendi cupido, ut possideri magis quam possidere videantur. Letter 30, 4.

„Character lies more concealed, and out of the reach of common observation.“

—  Pliny the Younger
Letters, Book III, Vita hominum altos recessus magnasque latebras habet. Letter 3, 6.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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