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Pliny the Younger

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

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.

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

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 22, 7.
Letters, Book IV
Original: (la) Utque in corporibus sic in imperio gravissimus est morbus, qui a capite diffunditur.

„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

Letter 20, 1.
Letters, Book VIII
Original: (la) Ad quae noscenda iter ingredi, transmittere mare solemus, ea sub oculis posita neglegimu. ... Differimus tamquam saepe visuri, quod datur videre quotiens velis cernere.
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.

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

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 3, 6.
Letters, Book III
Original: (la) Vita hominum altos recessus magnasque latebras habet.

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

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 26, 1.
Letters, Book IX
Original: (la) Nihil peccat, nisi quod nihil peccat.

„Experience, that excellent master.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 20, 12.
Letters, Book I
Original: (la) Usus, magister egregius.

„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

Letter 9, 1.
Letters, Book VIII
Original: (la) Olim nescio quid sit otium quid quies, quid denique illud iners quidem, iucundum tamen nihil agere nihil esse.

„To name the man is to say all!“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 22, 4.
Letters, Book IV
Original: (la) Dixi omnia cum hominem nominavi.

„If you compute the years in which all this has happened, it is but a little while; if you number the vicissitudes, it seems an age.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 24, 5.
Letters, Book IV
Original: (la) Si computes annos, exiguum tempus, si vices rerum, aevum putes.

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„The expense of a monument is superfluous; my memory will endure if my actions deserve it.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 19, 6; quoting Frontinus.
Letters, Book IX
Original: (la) Impensa monumenti supervacua est; memoria nostri durabit, si vita meruimus.

„They will by this means receive their education where they receive their birth, and be accustomed from their infancy to inhabit and affect their native soil.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 13, 9.
Letters, Book IV
Original: (la) Educentur hic qui hic nascuntur, statimque ab infantia natale solum amare frequentare consuescant.

„Prosperity proves men to be fortunate, while it is adversity which makes them great.“

—  Pliny the Younger

XXXI.
Panegyricus
Original: (la) Secunda felices, adversa magnos probent.

„Generosity, when once she is set forward, knows not how to stop her progress; as her beauty is of that order which grows the more engaging upon nearer acquaintance.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 11, 3.
Letters, Book V
Original: (la) Nescit enim semel incitata liberalitas stare, cuius pulchritudinem usus ipse commendat.

„As it is far better to excel in any single art, than to arrive only at a mediocrity in several; so on the other hand, a moderate skill in several is to be preferred, where one cannot attain to excellency in any.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 29, 1.
Letters, Book IX
Original: (la) Ut satius unum aliquid insigniter facere quam plura mediocriter, ita plurima mediocriter, si non possis unum aliquid insigniter.

„How much does the fame of human actions depend upon the station of those who perform them!“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 24, 1.
Letters, Book VI
Original: (la) Quam multum interest quid a quoque fiat!

„The day, even when it is at the longest, is quickly spent.“

—  Pliny the Younger

Letter 36, 4.
Letters, Book IX
Original: (la) Quamquam longissimus, dies cito conditur.

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

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