Pliny the Younger on Christians

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 17 2012 8:36 AM

One of the most important primary sources on the early church was included in the Perceus collection - namely the letters of Pliny the younger.  Unfortunately, they are in Latin only, for whatever reasons.  This brief letter (and Trajan's briefer reply approving the policy) is a witness to how Romans saw the Christians at the beginning of the 2nd Century, what persecution was like, and hints of the worship and Christology of the early church.

Anyway, I was wandering around and found a clean translation of these letters and tagged them with the Pliny datatype.


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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 17 2012 1:13 PM

Thank you!

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 17 2012 3:43 PM

Thanks a lot! 

Kenneth McGuire:
tagged them with the Pliny datatype.
That's great, now it scrolls along perfectly with the Latin version!

Looking for a suitable cover picture I found that the letter has its own wikipedia entry, illustrated with this picture of a statue of Pliny (the protective mash-wire grid will not be visible in the small book cover picture)



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