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In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.

Pliny the Elder

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Pliny's dates are pinned to the eruption of Vesuvius in August 79 and a statement of his nephew that he died in his 56th year which would make his birth in AD 23. Literary interlude

At the earliest time Pliny could have left the service Nero the last of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty had been emperor for two years.

Pliny is referring to the fact that Tacitus relied on his uncle's now missing work on the History of the German Wars. His companions attributed his collapse and death to toxic fumes but they were unaffected by the fumes suggesting natural causes. In the latter number will be my uncle by virtue of his own and of your compositions.

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