The letters exchanged by pliny and trajan concerning christians have occasioned abundant commentary but scholarship remains confused over two questions—first, pliny's procedure and motivation in writing, and second, the extent of the emperor's response i argue that the letters are evidence only. The manuscripts of pliny's letters by dora johnson forty letters of the trajan correspondence (lacking 1-4 by excision of a leaf) which were not printed by avantius, are inserted in the proper place in manuscript further. Correspondence of emperor trajan & pliny the younger: what should we do about these christians by the reign of trajan, the earliest persecution of the christians had.
The letters exchanged between pliny and trajan during the two years of pliny's governorship are preserved as the 10th book of his correspondence they constitute a most important source for roman provincial administration in one exchange,. Pliny's letters sent to trajan from bithynia, and trajan's replies are the only surviving file of letters between a provincial governor and his emperor the edition makes this record accessible to even those with no knowledge of latin. Correspondence of pliny and the emperor trajan concerning christians pliny and trajan translated by william melmoth to the emperor trajan it is my invariable rule, sir, to refer to you in all matters where i. Pliny the younger (61/62-113 ce): and the correspondence between trajan and himself, which forms the last part of the present selection, is of a high degree of.
Pliny the younger pliny the younger the set is a collected 72 of pliny's letters to the emperor trajan while he was governor of bithynia, along with 51 of the emperor's replies two letters in particular (1096 & 97) particular have attracted much attention for pliny's discussion of. Book x of the letters contains his correspondence with trajan during this period, and includes letters about the early christians pliny's letters are important as a social document of his times. Thct101 - the church in history s00152525 joseph w moloney analysis of letters between pliny the younger and emperor trajan through the analysis of a significant primary source, this assignment will assist you to develop your ability to critically explore a key figure and/or event, movement or.
I got pliny the younger's letter to trajan from the notes to eusebius' ecclesiastical history, book iii, ch 33 the original source is pliny the younger, epistles 1096 and 97, though i understands some sources make those letters 1097 and 98. The correspondence between pliny and emperor trajan shows that the roman empire, as a government entity, did not at this time seek out christians for prosecution or persecution  manuscripts [ edit . We possess the entire correspondence between trajan and pliny the governor's first letter was written on 17 september 109, and the last datable letter on 28 january 111 after this message, pliny wrote several other letters, but if he continued to write at the normal frequency, his last letter was written in march or april.
#102: pliny's letter to trajan so, this bit of political correspondence, though of very little importance in the political history of rome, is very important. Pliny, letters 96-97 ad pliny to the emperor trajan it is my practice, my lord, to refer to you all matters concerning which i am in doubt for who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance.
Trajan to pliny ep 1097 you have followed the correct course, my favored one, in your investigation of the cases of persons charged with being christ-niks for it is impossible to construct a universal principle applied as a fixed standard. Pliny the younger, governor of bithynia-pontus from c 110-112, wrote a series of letters to roman emperor trajan, one of which asked for council on dealing with christians. Balanced and economical survey of pliny's oeuvre, treating panegyricus and the correspondence with trajan together under the heading pliny and trajan and the private letters under the heading pliny and the society of his day.