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Pliny the Younger Quotes (Author of The Letters of the Younger Pliny)

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Mt Vesuvius erupts! - Pliny the Younger's account

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This is an English translation of the two letters written by Pliny the Younger to the Roman historian Tacitus. The first letter describes the journey of his uncle Pliny the Elder during which he perished. The second one describes his own observations in a town across the bay. The translation is perhaps not quite verbatim but in a modern contemporary hence areadable form. These letter are probably the very first detailed description of a volcanic eruption. The eruption column with its umbrella-shaped cloud that is also found at other volcanoes was named after him Plinian eruption column.


LXV - TO TACITUS Your request that I would send you an account of my uncle's death, in order to transmit a more exact relation of it to posterity, deserves my acknowledgments; for, if this accident shall be celebrated by your pen, the glory of it, I am well assured, will be rendered forever illustrious. And notwithstanding he perished by a misfortune, which, as it involved at the same time a most beautiful country in ruins, and destroyed so many populous cities, seems to promise him an everlasting remembrance; notwithstanding he has himself composed many and lasting works; yet I am persuaded, the mentioning of him in your immortal writings, will greatly contribute to render his name immortal. Happy I esteem those to be to whom by provision of the gods has been granted the ability either to do such actions as are worthy of being related or to relate them in a manner worthy of being read; but peculiarly happy are they who are blessed with both these uncommon talents: in the number of which my uncle, as his own writings and your history will evidently prove, may justly be ranked.

Pliny wrote the encyclopedic Naturalis Historia Natural History , which became an editorial model for encyclopedias. He spent most of his spare time studying, writing, and investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field. His nephew, Pliny the Younger , wrote of him in a letter to the historian Tacitus :. For my part I deem those blessed to whom, by favour of the gods, it has been granted either to do what is worth writing of, or to write what is worth reading; above measure blessed those on whom both gifts have been conferred. In the latter number will be my uncle, by virtue of his own and of your compositions. Pliny the Elder died in AD 79 in Stabiae while attempting the rescue of a friend and his family by ship from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius , which had already destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Mount Vesuvius , a stratovolcano in modern-day Italy , erupted in 79 AD in one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in European history, which was witnessed and documented by Pliny the Younger , a Roman administrator and poet. Several Roman settlements were obliterated and buried underneath massive pyroclastic surges and ashfall deposits , the best known being Pompeii and Herculaneum. The total population of both cities was 16,—20, The remains of over 1, people have been found at Pompeii and Herculaneum, but the death toll is still unclear. The event is the namesake for the Vesuvian type of volcanic eruptions, characterized by eruption columns of hot gases and ash exploding into the stratosphere , although the event also included pyroclastic flows associated with Pelean eruptions.

5 thoughts on “Pliny the Younger Quotes (Author of The Letters of the Younger Pliny)

  1. You ask me to write you something about the death of my uncle so that the account you transmit to posterity is as reliable as possible.

  2. Eye witness account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, 79 AD. This voice belongs to Pliny the Younger whose letters describe his.

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