FANNIA (Pliny's letters)

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  • Daughter of Arria the younger and grandaughter of Arria the elder
  • Shown to be pious as she risked her own health to take care of an ill relative who was a vestal virgin, first by choice then when she was ordered by the priest (because when vestal virgins became seriously ill they're given into the care of a matron)
  • Pliny announces her virtues: chaste, dignifies, kind, respectable and she followed her husband into exile then was exiled herself when confessing to helping Sencio write the life of her husband Helvidius
  • Pliny reveals how men viewed their wives in Rome when he states that Fannia is…


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