Pliny's Letters are widely read by students taking school and university courses in Latin, Ancient Rome, Classical Art and Classical Culture. The letters are varied, lively pieces taking the reader straight to the heart of Trajan's Rome, c.100CE. They are traditionally read for their snapshots of elite and everyday life. "Pliny's Statue", from John Henderson, offers a fresh reading of the Letters. Centred on Book III, Henderson provides an overview of Pliny's use of imagery. He demonstrates how classical art could be uniquely personalized and invested with self by a cultured Roman, vividly positioning art within the life of Imperial Rome in its heyday. Pliny's Statue promises to have major implications for the study of classical art history. Full Latin texts with new translations are given for the key texts studied.
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.