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1. Regulus the Legacy-Hunter
About this Lecture
In this module, we provide some of the cultural and historical context for the story of Regulus, focusing in particular on: (i) the contents of the letter itself (Ep. 2.20); (ii) the concept of ‘legacy-hunting’ (Latin: captatio) and why it was such ‘big business’ in Rome; and (iii) the figure of Regulus himself.
In this course, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores the story of Regulus found in Pliny’s Epistles that forms one of the prose set texts for OCR GCSE Latin (J282). In the first module, we provide some of the social, cultural and historical context for the story of Regulus – particularly the concept of ‘legacy-hunting’ (Latin: captatio) – before turning in the second module to think about Pliny’s letters more broadly as a work of literature. In short final section, we provide some suggestions for further reading, including a translation, commentary and two works of secondary literature.
Dr Christopher Whitton studied Classics at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he then wrote a PhD on the works of Tacitus and Pliny. He has taught at Cambridge since 2007, where he is now a Senior Lecturer in Classics and a Fellow of Emmanuel College.
His particular area of expertise is Latin imperial prose literature, in particular Pliny’s Epistles and the works of Tacitus. Among other things, he’s currently writing a commentary on Annals 14.
Cite this Lecture
Whitton, C. (2021, February 16). Pliny: Regulus - Regulus the Legacy-Hunter [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/pliny-regulus/regulus-the-legacy-hunter
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