Pliny the Younger | Critical Essay by Albert A. Bell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Pliny the Younger.
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SOURCE: Bell, Albert A. “Pliny the Younger: The Kinder, Gentler Roman.” Classical Bulletin 66, no. 1-2 (1990): 37-41.

In the following essay, Bell argues that Pliny's gentle nature and reputation as a good husband, generous employer, fair master, tender man, and principled public servant—evidence of which is culled from his letters—suggest a kinder side to Roman life than depicted by other, more satiric classical authors.

If one were to play word association, the mention of “Roman” almost certainly would not evoke responses such as “kind” or “gentle.” Orgies, slaughter in the amphitheatre, exposure of newborn children, brutal treatment of slaves, general indifference to human suffering—these are the associations one might more typically expect. Unfortunately, much of the extant Roman literature and art support that...

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