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Pliny: The Piety Of A Persecutor

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To study the piety of Pliny is to study the piety of a persecutor, and such a study promises to yield some insight into the ideas and feelings of a Roman senator who had ordered a large number of Christians to death. This chapter focuses on the life and letters of Pliny, then continue with the information provided in books 1-9 of his letters. It compares this with what is known from the inscriptions set in his honour - by Pliny himself and by others, and end with the religious duties and activities of Pliny the governor. Pliny learned from a young age that social rank, religious duties and duties for the greater good of the res publica were inseparably inter- twined. Socio-political categories have been put forward to explain Pliny's activities in favour of local sanctuaries.

Keywords: Piety; Pliny



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