Engraving of Roman author and administrator Pliny the Younger.

Pliny the Younger

(61 - 112)

Having served as a consul, a senatorial treasurer, and an administrator of the drainage board of Rome, Pliny was in Bithynia, in present-day Turkey, investigating municipal corruption when he came across followers of what was then considered a secret sect. There was no official Roman policy concerning Christians. Trajan replied to Pliny, commending his initial investigation but counseling that “these people are not to be sought out; if they are brought before you and found guilty, they must be punished.” Pliny’s letters to politicians, military officials, and the historian Tacitus offer an intimate portrait of Roman life in his day.

All Writing

Miscellany

According to his nephew, Pliny the Elder liked to rise in the middle of the night and study by lamplight. “Admittedly, he fell asleep very easily,” Pliny the Younger wrote, “and would often doze and wake up again during his work.”

Suffering has its limit, but fears are endless.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 108

Voices In Time

c. 109 | Rome

Team Colors

Pliny the Younger cannot understand why fans root for clothes.More

Men are generally more pleased with a widespread than with a great reputation.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 110

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