Pliny the Who?

Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Younger) was born in Comum, modern day Como, Italy, to the family of the Caecilii Secundi. His uncle, Gaius Plinius, a ranking officer under the Flavian emperors, adopted him in his will after the uncle died while investigating the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Pliny the Younger used his adoptive father's connections to secure a highly successful career that rose through the ranks of Roman administration to hold the highest office, the consulship, under the Emperor Trajan in 100. Pliny's collected letters, all likely edited and selected by him except for Book Ten, which collects his letters with Trajan while the governor of Bithynia-Pontus (modern-day Turkey), give us an unparalleled look at the life of a member of the Roman elite during the late first and early second centuries AD.