By Paul Roche

Pliny's Panegyricus (AD a hundred) survives as a distinct instance of senatorial rhetoric from the early Roman Empire. It bargains an eyewitness account of the final years of Domitian's principate, the reign of Nerva and Trajan's early years, and it communicates a close senatorial view at the behaviour anticipated of an emperor. it's an incredible record within the improvement of the beliefs of imperial management, however it additionally contributes vastly to our realizing of imperial political tradition extra quite often. This quantity, the 1st ever dedicated to the Panegyricus, comprises specialist reports of its key ancient and rhetorical contexts, in addition to very important severe techniques to the broadcast model of the speech and its effect in antiquity. It bargains students of Roman heritage, literature and rhetoric an updated assessment of key ways to the speech, and scholars and readers an authoritative creation to this very important and under-appreciated speech.

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66 From the midto late 80s (perhaps as early as 8667 ), Pliny’s career shows evidence of Domitian’s favour. Pliny now held the quaestorship as the emperor’s own candidate. 68 Pliny retrospectively and inevitably sanitized the honour as quaestor Caesaris (Ep. 2). After a few more years had elapsed, Pliny ceased his activity in the court to be tribune of the plebs (in 88 at the earliest). Note that his rise was steady rather than fast: his friend Calestrius 63 65 66 67 68 64 Thus Eck (2002) 214. See Birley (1981) 24–5.

5 quo temperamento et nobis et aerario. g. Durry (1938) 21–4; Radice (1968) esp. 166–7; Leach (1990) 37; Seelentag (2004) 214–96; Flower (2006) 264. Translation Radice (1969) (modified). See discussion in Rutledge (2001) 129–35; cf. 27–30 for senatorial delatores in early imperial Rome. Self-fashioning in the Panegyricus 35 Pliny was surely conscious of this overlap, and probably assumed that most of his readers were conscious of it, too – and that they would take the point that he was to be associated not with these ‘bad’ senators, but with the ‘good’ ones.

After this post, Trajan may have taken the unusual step of a second military tribunate, in one of the Rhine legions in the last years of the decade (Pan. 61 His quaestorship ought to have been held when Trajan was around 25 years old, and so should be placed either in this same period in 78, or else in 81. During the 70s Pliny the Younger was in Rome under the tutelage of Verginius Rufus (Ep. 8), who had been offered the principate twice by his troops in 68–9, and was relegated to political obscurity during the Flavian period.

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