Sunday, 19 January 2014

christianity and modesty as a virtue

Melvyn Bragg, in his In Our Time email of 13 Dec re the Pliny the Younger episode:
'One of the interesting things about Pliny's letters is their lack of modesty. Roy Gibson pointed out that modesty and self-effacement were not considered as virtuous at that time. He suggested that Christianity brought that in. Christianity was one of a number of sects, and the notion of it eventually eating up the Roman Empire and taking the Roman Empire into the Holy Roman Empire and beyond would not have crossed their minds, even persons as perspicacious as Pliny the Younger.'