17. “Let us Tread our Path together”

Tacitus and the Younger Pliny

  1. Victoria Emma Pagán PhD
  1. Christopher Whitton PhD

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch17

A Companion to Tacitus

A Companion to Tacitus

How to Cite

Whitton, C. (2011) “Let us Tread our Path together”, in A Companion to Tacitus (ed V. E. Pagán), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch17

Editor Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Author Information

  1. the University of Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190329

Online ISBN: 9781444354188



  • Tacitus and the Younger Pliny;
  • Epistles 9.14, final instalment;
  • chronology of Dialogus and Histories;
  • oratory and history;
  • “Vesuvius” letter, death of Pliny;
  • Tiberius' principate;
  • Pliny the Elder, prodigious scholarship;
  • Domitian's assassination in 96;
  • Tacitus' revenge;
  • Tacitus on misery of the past


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Out of the Silence

  • Between Oratory and History

  • Dialogues

  • The Problem of Survival

  • Pliny's Revenge

  • Tacitus' Revenge

  • Into the Silence

  • Guide to Further Reading