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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus

Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus

(p.63) Chapter 4 Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus
Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire

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Tacitus and Pliny were fellow orators of distinction with apparently close connections between their communities. Tacitus’s Dialogus purports to show us the inner workings and debates of a tight literary community, set dramatically in AD 75 but reflecting at least in part the community in which Pliny and Tacitus engaged. This chapter explores the ways in which, in the Dialogus, Tacitus explores the question of the connection between literary culture, elite society, and politics, particularly as it relates to the traditional Roman pursuit of gloria.

Keywords:   Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Dialogus, literary culture, society, politics, Gloria

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