Latin Literature

Kathleen M. Coleman

Kathleen M. Coleman

Department Chair
James Loeb Professor of the Classics
Senior Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums

Research Interests: Latin literature, especially Flavian poetry; history and culture of the early Empire; arena spectacles; Roman punishment; Latin...

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Richard J. Tarrant

Richard J. Tarrant

Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, Emeritus

Research Interests: Latin poetry; Greek and Roman drama; transmission and editing of Latin texts

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Coleman, Kathleen. 2012. “Bureaucratic language in the correspondence between Pliny and Trajan.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142 (2): 189–238. Abstract

 This article identifies and analyzes bureaucratic features in the language employed by Pliny and Trajan in Epistles 10 as an example of communication between two officials of senior but unequal status who were engaged in managing provincial affairs in the Roman empire.