Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Vita Plinii

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

From the editio princeps until well into the 16th century, editions of Pliny's Natural history opened with a life of the author ascribed to Suetonius. The Vita Plinii, one of just six fragments in either class that concern historians, is the only fragment explicitly attributed to De viris illustribus""and the only biographical fragment of the work not edited since Roth and Reifferscheid. As both Roth and Reifferscheid knew of several manuscripts that introduced the Vita with the title Vita Plinii ex catalogo virorum illustrium Tranquilli, they treated the ascription as securely transmitted. This chapter offers a new edition designed both to present the evidence for the text and to illustrate the development of the tradition.

Keywords:Natural history; Pliny; Vita Plinii



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Pliny the Elder: Themes and Contexts — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation