Do You Believe In Ghosts - Pliny

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? Pliny
Letter Pliny providing the opportunity "both for me learning and for
you for teaching"
Curtius Rufus was of low rank and unknown
Member of provincial governors retinue
Woman of more than human size and beauty
1)Go to Rome, 2)Hold office with the highest authority 3)Return to
the same province and die
Same form met him when he returned
None of the men despaired when he died
Large and roomy but notorious and dangerous house
In silence of night you could hear the sound of iron and the rattle
of chains
Apparition consumed by thinness and dirt, with long beard and
bristling hair
Sickness followed sleepness and as fear increased = death
Fear of fear made the house condemned
Philosopher Athenodorus after hearing the cheap price, was
suspicious and investigated the house
He asked for writing tablets, a pen and a lamp and sent away the
He applied his mind, his ears and his hand to writing so an empty
mind wouldn't invent things
There was silence the iron was shaken and chains moved
Athenodorus was not distracted however the noise increased
The noise was heard as if it was in the doorway then as if it was in
the doorway
Athenodorus made a sign with his hand that it should wait and he
continued with his work.
Apparition made the same sign again and philosopher followed
The ghost melted away in the courtyard of the house
Grasses and leaves were put on the spot it melted away as a sign
Next day the site was dug up and bones were entangled in chains
The house was free from spirits of the dead
Pliny trusts this story
Someone was cutting hair from the top of a freedman's and his
brothers head
Slaves in the paedogogium saw two men in white tunics coming
through the window

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After these events Pliny was not accused at a trial because
Domitian died
As it was a custom to grow your hair whilst on trial, the fact his
slaves hair was cut symbolised Pliny was free from danger
Sura should apply the wealth of his knowledge, and ,make a
stronger case for one side of the argument to not send Pliny away
in doubt and uncertainty…read more


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