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The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny


Daisy Dunn

FROM THE BOOK JACKET: When Pliny the Elder perished at Stabiae during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, he left behind an enormous compendium of knowledge, his thirty-seven-volume Natural History, and a teenaged nephew who revered him as a father. Grieving his loss, Pliny the Younger inherited the Elders notebooks—filled with pearls of wisdom—and his legacy. At its heart, The Shadow of Vesuvius is a literary biography of the younger man, who would grow up to become a lawyer, senator, poet, collector of villas, and chronicler of the Roman Empire from the dire days of terror under Emperor Domitian to the gentler times of Emperor Trajan. A biography that will appeal to lovers of Mary Beard books, it is also a moving narrative about the profound influence of a father figure on his adopted son. Interweaving the younger Plinys Letters with extracts from the Elders Natural History, Daisy Dunn paints a vivid, compellingly readable portrait of two of antiquitys greatest minds.

Daisy Dunn  Georgina CapelAUTHOR INFO: Daisy Dunn is a classicist, art historian, and cultural critic. She is the author of Catullus Bedspread: The Life of Romes Most Erotic Poet and The Poems of Catullus: A New Translation. She lives in Surrey, England.


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