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The Vita Plinii

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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

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