Pliny the Younger becomes Praetor
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Pliny the Younger, best known for the surviving and documenting the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. He corresponded with many notable figures in Roman politics, such as multiple reigning emperors, as well notable historian Tacitus. 247 of these letters have survived into modernity and have been a very useful source for modern historians. Pliny's rise through politics is considered to be the a summary of the main Roman offices and is the best documented example during this era. Given he managed to survive the reigns of many different emperors, it speaks volumes to his ability to manipulate the political system and be favorable to all different types of emperors. This is further proven by the fact that he continued rising through the ranks throughout all these disparate emperors. His political career started around 80 AD, and this year he reached the rank of preator, after being Tribune of the Plebs (the People) in 91.