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This section contains two letters written by Pliny the Younger in praise of his uncle, Pliny the Elder.


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A day in the life of Pliny the Elder   Page 122

An admirer of Pliny the Elder's writing has asked his nephew, Pliny the Younger, for a list of his works. Pliny supplies not only the list but also a detailed description of his uncle's working habits.

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The death of Pliny the Elder   Page 126

The historian, Tacitus, has asked the younger Pliny to write a detailed account of the events leading to the death of his uncle in the eruption of Vesuvius on 24th August, AD 79.

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