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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 2.8


nanVIII To his friend Desideratus [461-7 CE] I WRITE oppressed by a great sorrow. Three days ago Filimatia died, and all business was suspended out of respect to her memory. She was an obedient wife, a kindly mistress, a capable mother, a dutiful daughter, whether at home or abroad, earning the willing service of her inferiors, the affection of her equals, and the consideration of the great. Left an only daughter at her mother's death, she so bewitched her father by her charming ways, that though he was still a young man, he never longed for a male heir. And now her sudden death pierces two hearts, leaving a husband desolate and a father childless. The mother of five children has been snatched away before her time, her very fertility her worst misfortune; had she been left, and the invalid father taken, the little ones would seem less helpless than now. [2] The tributes of affection which we pay the dead are not vain; it was not the sinister train of bearers who buried her; all present were dissolved in tears, and the very strangers hung upon the bier as if they would hold it back. They imprinted kisses on it, until more like one in slumber than one dead, she was received by her relatives and the clergy, to be laid to rest in her long home. When the rites were done, the bereaved father begged me to write an elegy for her tombstone; I did it while my tears were still almost warm, choosing the hendecasyllabic in place of the elegiac measure. If you do not think the lines too bad, my bookseller shall include them in the volumes of my selected poems; if you do, the heavy verse shall be confined to the heavy stone.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Euripides, Iphigenia Among The Taurians, 1222-1225, 1221 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Varro, On Agriculture, 2.4.16 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

3. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 1.1, 2.10, 3.12, 5.15, 6.2, 8.1, 8.16, 9.1, 9.16 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

4. Epigraphy, Lss, 19

5. Epigraphy, Ig, 12.4.59, 12.4.278



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
agrippinus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
anthemius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 175
churches Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
constantius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 175
controversy, values Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
eutropia Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
generosity Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
law' Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129
law Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
philomathia Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129, 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129, 175
pliny, allusions Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 175
pliny, as a model Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 175
sidonius, episcopacy Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 129; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 129
vandals Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 175; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 175