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Pliny the Book-Maker: Betting on Posterity in the Epistles

Ilaria Marchesi


What did it mean – in terms of social, cultural, and literary negotiations – to publish one’s own work at Rome at the end of the first century CE? What kinds of traces has the author’s work as editor left on the text as we read it? How can we interpret them? What kind of well-choreographed balancing act was needed to ensure immediate availability and success of one’s work with its contemporary audience, while guaranteeing its long-lasting appeal with a hypothetical one? These are all central questions driving the essays collected here, as they take into consideration the paradigmatic case of P ... More

Keywords: literary, epistole, Pliny, publication, collection, audience, reception, posterity, editing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198729464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilaria Marchesi, editor
Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Hofstra University