Pliny and the Panegyricus

  title={Pliny and the Panegyricus},
  author={Betty Radice},
  journal={Greece and Rome},
  pages={166 - 172}
  • B. Radice
  • Published 1 October 1968
  • History
  • Greece and Rome
The younger Pliny was consul suffectus from September to October, A.d. 100, and delivered in the Senate his official gratiarum actio to the Emperor Trajan for his appointment. This practice went back to the days of Augustus, according to Ovid (Ep. ex Ponto iv. 4. 35), though nothing is known of the senatorial decree which made it obligatory. Nor do we know if both consuls made speeches, or whether Pliny was following normal practice when he spoke on behalf of his colleague, Cornutus Tertullus… 

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