Trajan has a place in christian history because in correspondence with pliny the younger he addressed the issue of how to handle the faithful this is one of the earliest mentions of christians in pagan literature and is often quoted pliny was governor of pontus and bithynia (in asia minor) for three years beginning in 111,. Abstract the letters exchanged by pliny and trajan concerning christians have occasioned abundant commentary but scholarship remains confused over two questions—first, pliny's procedure and motivation in writing, and second, the extent of the emperor's response i argue that the letters are evidence. Tertullian and his citations of the letter of pliny to trajan. Letters mutually beneficial to pliny and trajan is the impression that emer from them, artfully constructed, of a personal friendship between senator emperor because pliny and trajan both benefited from being seen to correspo with one another on intimate terms, their letters can be interpreted as symbo exchanges in a.
Book 10 of pliny the younger's letters consist of his correspondence with the emperor trajan when he was governor of bithynia/pontus letters 96 and 97 are the famous exchange over the question of what to do about the christians these letters are the earliest evidence for christianity found outside. In many cases, he addressed letters to the emperor trajan, and thus to the imperial administration in rome, to get advice or support in his duties (once, for instance, he asked for a competent architect from rome) these letters, and the answers of the emperor, were collected and published after pliny's death as book 10 of. Footnotes to the letters of pliny] correspondence with the emperor trajan i — to the emperor trajan ii — to the emperor trajan iii — to the emperor trajan iv — to the emperor trajan v — trajan to pliny vi — to the emperor trajan vii — to the.
One of the reasons given commonly to justify belief in a historical 'jesus christ' of the first century is that supposedly, there is contemporaneous, or at least 'ancient' evidence in support this position has been undermined very considerably by our 'catalogue of chrest' one of the few remaining textual sources left in support. Ascending to the leadership of the empire in the year 98, the emperor trajan adopted a more tolerant approach to the new religious sect the emperor's position is revealed in a series of letters between him and pliny the younger, his governor of the province of bithynia located along the black sea in what is now northern. Pliny the younger's question in his letter from book x 96-97 is centrally what is considered punishable this suggests that what crime is actually something that eludes pliny he has several ideas with associated questions which he presents to trajan but his personal opinions appear obscured pliny states. Answer: pliny the younger, a roman, and governor of the province of bithynia, was one of the first officials to address what he tells the emperor trajan that men of almost every rank were converting to the christian religion and renouncing it is clear through pliny and the emperor trajan's correspondence that they both.
Pliny's correspondence with the emperor trajan regarding how to deal with christians. Free essay: the letters of pliny entail of letters written back and forth from the governor pliny and the emperor trajan the letters portray the.
Pliny's letters sent to trajan from bithynia, and trajan's replies are the only surviving file of letters between a provincial governor and his emperor the edition makes this record accessible to even those with no knowledge of latin to this end the translation is as literal as is consistent with english syntax and t.
Pliny to the emperor trajan ep 1096 sollemne est mihi, domine, omnia de quibus dubito ad te referre quis enim potest melius vel cunctationem meam regere vel ignorantium instruere it is my custom, o lord, to refer all questionable issues to you for who is more capable of resolving my doubts and. Pliny/trajan and the poetics of empire greg woolf pliny after dusk t he last two decades have taught us to read the letters of the younger pliny in new ways1 perhaps very few of his twentieth-century readers were as naive as they have been portrayed, but there was a powerful temptation to. Pliny/trajan and the poetics of empire greg woolf pliny after dusk t he last two decades have taught us to read the letters of the younger pliny in new ways1 perhaps very few of his twentieth-century readers were as naive as they have been portrayed, but there was a powerful temptation to treat the letters as.
It 1 is my invariable rule, sir, to refer to you in all matters where i feel doubtful for who is more capable of removing my scruples, or informing my ignorance having never been present at any trials concerning those who profess christianity, i am unacquainted not only with the nature of their crimes, or the measure of their. The pliny/trajan correspondence gives us one of the few firm dates in the history of christianity it also documents the christian communities in sinope, the black sea port in the roman province of pontus these these turn out to be alpha in character i consider that evidence and note implications for the birkat ha-minim,. This can also be deduced from the letters he wrote to the emperor trajan, which make up the tenth and last book of pliny's correspondence in these letters, we can see how he stressed his ties with the emperor and the army for example, two recruits who could not prove that they were born as free men,.