Pliny the Younger, Roman Author
(61-c. 113)

Just the Facts:
  • Name: Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo
  • Known as: Pliny the Younger in English; legally Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (after adoption by his uncle)
  • Birth: 61, Como, Italy
  • Death: c. 113, Bithynia, Turkey
  • Language: Latin
  • Who he was: Roman author who wrote Letters
  • Included in lists (What's This?): GGB (+PGR 1); HC

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Notes toward a more complete article: Worth mentioning is Pliny's uncle and benefactor, Pliny the Elder (23-79) who, though not mentioned in any lists, was nevertheless famous in his day. The elder Pliny wrote a Natural History, encyclopedic in scope; and he has the singular distinction of having died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, while attempting to get a closer look at the phenomenon. (The things we do for science!) A bachelor without children, in his will he adopted Pliny the Younger (until then named Gaius Caecilius Cilo) and left him his estate.

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