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Et hominem esse te et hominis patrem: La chiusa di una lettera di plinio il giovane (IX 12, 2) e il recupero di una sententia consolatoria
This article proposes a new interpretation of the Ep. IX 12 of Pliny the Younger. In the middle of the text we find a reference to ll. 101-110 of Terence's Adelphoe, while the concluding sentence (et hominem esse te et hominis patrem) reveals the affinity with a similar expression, not identified so far, which was present in the texts of consolation (especially Seneca's Consolatio ad Marciam and Plutarch's Consolatio ad Apollonium, but originating from Teles). Pliny, through the mediation of the School of Rhetoric, recovers this sentence and transforms it into a real pedagogical project clearly derived from Terence.