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Pliny the Younger and his Letters – Roman history

By |2017-09-04T08:27:09+00:00September 4th, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

Forum of Pompeii Pliny the Younger was the nephew of Pliny the Elder. He was a teenager visiting his uncle near Pompeii when his uncle died in the eruption. Pliny the Younger, however, did not die. He left us the only eye-witness account of what the eruption was like. But Pliny also went on to become a [...]

Pliny, Trajan, and the Christians

By |2018-04-24T23:10:19+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

The Roman emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117) in the Vatican. By the time that Trajan was the Roman Emperor, around 100 AD, Christianity was definitely illegal. We have some letters written by Pliny, the governor of Bithynia (in Turkey) to the Emperor Trajan, asking for advice about some Christians Pliny had found in Bithynia. Pliny understood that if the Christians confessed they [...]