Interested in Language
In two letters to the historian Tacitus, the nephew of Pliny the elder
wrote the only eyewitness account of the great eruption of Vesuvius.
Qestion?: Is the noun phrase " the Elder“ necessary to appear here?
And what does it indicate? In my own opinion, the noun phrase is unnecessary and redundant，
so it should be left out. Am I right?
Thanks for your help!