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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 3.2


nanII To his friend Constantius [474 CE] THE people of Arvernis salute you, a great guest in their lowly homes, coming without ambitious retinue and simply environed by their love. Merciful God, what joy they felt amid their tribulation when you set your venerated foot within their half-ruined walls. How dense was the crowd of both sexes, and of every rank and age about you; how impartially you gave a cheering word to one and all; how kind the small boys found you, how considerate the young men, how helpful in advice the older among us. What tears you shed over our buildings ruined by the flames and our homes half burned to the ground, as if you had been the father of us all. What grief you showed at the sight of fields buried under the bones of the unburied dead. And afterwards what a power of encouragement you were, with what spirit you urged the people to repair their loss. [2] Over and above this, you found the city no less desolated by internal dissension than by the barbarian onslaught; but you conciliated all; you renewed their harmony; you gave the country back her sons. The walls are re-manned, the people restored to them at unity, all thanks to you; your counsel it was which brought them back into one mind as into one city. They all regard you as their father and themselves as your children; they perceive with an infallible eye wherein lies your greatest title to praise. [3] For day by day it is borne in upon their minds what a magnificent thing this is that you have done at so advanced an age and in so delicate and infirm a state of health. Despite your noble birth and the veneration with which you are regarded, you broke down every barrier by sheer force of love; all the difficulties of the journey were nothing to you, long ways and short days, thick snows and thin fare, wide wastes and narrow lodging, roads full of holes, now sodden with rain, now ribbed with frost, highways covered with rough stones, rivers slippery with ice; you had steep hills to climb, valleys choked with continual landslides to pass; through every discomfort you came triumphant with the love of a whole people for your reward because your own comfort was the last thing of which you thought. [4] And now we beseech the Lord that he may hear our prayer and set far the term of your life; that the friendship of all good men may be yours to have and hold; that our affection which you seem to be leaving behind may ever be about your path; and finally, that the fair structure of our concord which you began to restore, may be regarded from foundation to summit as your peculiar work. Farewell.


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1. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, 2.2, 2.9, 2.14, 3.3, 5.5-5.6, 7.7, 7.9, 7.12, 9.3, 9.15 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)



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amicitia Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119
anthemius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
apollinaris (uncle) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119
baths Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 73; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 73
churches Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 73; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 73
cicero Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 73; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 73
constantius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119, 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119, 138
controversy, leadership Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 118; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 118
dating Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 73; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 73
domitius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 73; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 73
eutropia Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 138
ferreolus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
generosity Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 138
lampridius, character Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
lampridius, death Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
law Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 138
majorian Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
petronius maximus (emperor) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
sidonius, episcopacy Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119
sidonius, persona Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119, 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119, 138
simplicius (son of eulogius) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 138; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 138
slaves Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 116; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 116
visigoths Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 119; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 119
women' Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 138
women Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 138