Prof. Alberto Canobbio, Pavia;
Prof. Thorsten Fögen, Durham;
Dr. Stefano Rocchi, München/Berlin
In antiquity and the premodern period, Pliny the Younger (first/second century A.D.), the author of a comprehensive letter collection in ten books and of a praise speech on the emperor Trajan, enjoyed a reputation as an exemplary writer. However, in later periods he was regarded as an author of a lower rank, even in Classical Studies. Only in recent years has his work been fundamentally re-evaluated. This colloquium between established academics and junior scholars intends to broaden the horizon of current research on Pliny the Younger by a multidisciplinary perspective and thus offer new approaches to his work.