The Pliny Project

Making the world of Pliny the Younger accessible

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The Pliny Project

The Pliny Project is an attempt to make the people behind the letters of the Roman aristocrat Pliny the Younger accessible. Although there is considerable distinguished print scholarship on people in Pliny, few if any online resources exist to facilitate a simple search for Pliny's correspondents or their own biography when it is known.

This is a glaring problem for modern scholarship, as Pliny's letters from the 2nd century AD represent one of the most crucial insights into the lives of the Roman elite.

The aim of the project is to make this data available for the use of other scholars as the database is being developed. It is based on data initially gathered under the auspices of a visiting fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (Winter 2015-2016) and further revised and enhanced with support from the Center for Digital Humanities.

CDH Grant History

  • 2017–2019 Staff R&D