Primary Source #3 – The Letters of Pliny the Younger

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Use the Primary Source Analysis Tool that we used last week to examine these two letters from Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus concerning the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. letters-of-pliny-the-younger-to-the-historian-tacitus

(You will need to look up some terms and/or unfamiliar place names to fully understand what is in the letter. Make sure you do this!)

Compare these to the Wikipedia entry on Pompeii.

Turn in you analysis for along with you answers to the following questions by Friday, Sept 9. Either turn in a hard copy or send the analysis via email with the answers to the questions written in the Further Investigation section.


  • What would we miss by only studying one of these sources?
  • What connections can be made between the two?
  • What knowledge can be gained by looking at both?


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