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15–20) How is my dear Celsus doing? Has he been warned or should he still be warned that he should rely only on his own resources and leave in peace the works which Apollo has welcomed in his library? Let him not turn into a laughing stock, just like the crow left naked of all the colors she had stolen when the birds came back in flocks to ask for their feathers. Anticipating the tone that will be used also to address Florus, the poem quite unexpectedly passes on legal advice, in the form of an Aesopic fable, to a practitioner of poetry.

Letters in this book have been arranged (most likely by an editor) according to the more traditional criteria of unity of addressee and chronological development. On the special status of the final book, see Lilja 1970, Gamberini 1983: 374, Jones 1991, Ludolph 1997: 49–56 and M´ethy 2007. Two recent contributions propose to consider Book 10 as more than a mere documentary collection of unedited material, and stress the conscious process of selection that controlled the epistles published. While they propose to identify with Pliny the editor of this segment of his correspondence, they still admit to the differences in tone and style separating this book from the nine preceding.

Vale. Dear Caninius, How are things in your (and my) lovely Comum? How is life in the beautiful villa, with its colonnade of eternal springtime, its deep-shading plane tree, its emeraldwatered rivulet, its low-lying and serviceable lake, its soft and yet firm grounds, its baths always drenched in sunlight, its living rooms for the many and the few, its day- and night-bedrooms? Do they absorb you all the time? Is your presence partitioned among them? Or is it the case, as always, that you are constantly called out by the duty to care for your estate’s business?

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