The relationship between Pliny and Tacitus is an often-discussed topic in modernresearch. A great number of letters is addressed to the friend and famous historian in order to praisePliny’s own actions and duties. A brilliant example of the so-called ‘self-praise’ can be seen in Ep. III21, the sphragis epistle of Pliny’s third book of letters. Therein while mourning the death of Martialand repeating some verses of a poem which Martial dedicated to him, Pliny obviously refers to thelast chapter of Tacitus’ Agricola using different forms of intertextual allusions. In the followingstudy I will demonstrate how Pliny tried to apply Tacitus’ thoughts in the Agricola to achieve eternalmemory.
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