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The early reception of Pliny the Younger in Tertullian of Carthage and Eusebius of Caesarea.

Corke-Webster, James (2017) 'The early reception of Pliny the Younger in Tertullian of Carthage and Eusebius of Caesarea.', Classical quarterly., 67 (1). pp. 247-262.


In 1967 Alan Cameron published a landmark article in this journal, ‘The fate of Pliny's Letters in the late Empire’. Opposing the traditional thesis that the letters of Pliny the Younger were only rediscovered in the mid to late fifth century by Sidonius Apollinaris, Cameron proposed that closer attention be paid to the faint but clear traces of the letters in the third and fourth centuries. On the basis of well-observed intertextual correspondences, Cameron proposed that Pliny's letters were being read by the end of the fourth century at the latest. That article now seems the vanguard of a rise in scholarly interest in Pliny's late-antique reception. But Cameron also noted the explicit attention given to the letters by two earlier commentators—Tertullian of Carthage, in the late second to early third century, and Eusebius of Caesarea, in the early fourth. The use of Pliny in these two earliest commentators, in stark contrast to their later successors, has received almost no subsequent attention.

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Date accepted:08 May 2016
Date deposited:01 August 2016
Date of first online publication:03 April 2017
Date first made open access:01 August 2016

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