The Letters, Self-Portraiture and Classical Art
Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History
John Henderson gives a completely fresh and enthusiastic re-reading of Pliny's Letters, a basic text of the Latin literary canon. Full Latin texts with new translations are given for the key texts studied.
"John Henderson's Pliny's Statue is a wonderful account of the complex interrelationship between art, text and self-portraiture in the letters of the Younger Pliny. Written with Henderson's characteristic richness of ideas, each page sparkling with original observations, this book denies us any easy pigeon-holing of word and image in Roman imperial culture. Instead we are shown a confidant of emperors obsessed with his own monumentalization - both in his writings and in the art works he handles. . . Whose concerns stand for an elite equally obsessed. For the student of Roman art, this book explicates the purchase, display and inscriptional commentary on statues in Pliny's world with a panache and subtlety that is quite unrivalled."
(Jas Elsner, Corpus Christi College Oxford and author of Art and the Roman Viewer: The Transformation of Art from the Pagan World to Christianity (1997))
‘this is probably a book for teachers and undergraduates, not least to demonstrate that a thoroughly academic book can also be a great read.’
(Pliny’s Statue: The Letters, Self-Portraiture and Classical Art JACT Review 33 2003)
‘This acute and challenging monograph…’
(New England Classical Journal, 11/2006)
John Henderson is Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics of King's College, Cambridge. He is co-author (with Mary Beard) of Classics: A very short introduction (Oxford, 1995) and is the author of many books, including Figuring Out Roman Nobility: Juvenal's Eighth Satire (1997) and A Roman Life: Rutilius Gallicus on Paper and In Stone (1998), both published by University of Exeter Press.