“A perfectly wealthy, witty, insightful, and extensive-ranging portrait of the 2 Plinys and their international.”―Sarah Bakewell, creator of How to Live

When Pliny the Elder perished at Stabiae all through the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, he left in the back of a huge compendium of data, his thirty-seven-quantity Herbal Historical past, and a teenaged nephew who respected him as a father. Grieving his loss, Pliny the More youthful inherited the Elder’s notebooks―stuffed with pearls of knowledge―and his legacy. At its center, The Shadow of Vesuvius is a literary biography of the more youthful guy, who could develop as much as turn into a attorney, senator, poet, collector of villas, and chronicler of the Roman Empire from the dire days of terror beneath Emperor Domitian to the gentler occasions of Emperor Trajan. A biography so that you can attraction to fanatics of Mary Beard books, additionally it is a shifting narrative in regards to the profound affect of a father determine on his followed son. Interweaving the more youthful Pliny’s Letters with extracts from the Elder’s Natural History, Daisy Dunn paints a vibrant, compellingly readable portrait of 2 of antiquity’s biggest minds.

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