By Ilaria Marchesi

during this booklet on intertextuality in Pliny the more youthful, Professor Marchesi invitations an alternate examining of Pliny's choice of inner most epistles: the letters are tested because the made from an authorial method controlling either the rhetorical cloth of person devices and their association within the assortment. by way of putting recognisable fragments of canonical authors into his epistles, Pliny imports into the nonetheless fluid perform of letter-writing the rules of composition and employer that for his contemporaries characterized different writings as literature. Allusions develop into the social gathering for a metapoetic discussion, in particular with the collection's privileged addressee, Tacitus. An energetic player within the cultural politics of his time, Pliny entrusts to the letters his perspectives on poetry, oratory and historiography. In defining a version of epistolography replacement to Cicero's and complementing these of Horace, Ovid and Seneca, he additionally effectively carves a distinct segment for his paintings within the Roman literary canon.

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