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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 7.1


nanBOOK VII To the Lord Bishop Mamertus [474 CE] RUMOUR has it that the Goths have occupied Roman soil; our unhappy Arvernis is always their gateway on every such incursion. It is our fate to furnish fuel to the fire of a peculiar hatred, for, by Christ's aid, we are the sole obstacle to the fulfilment of their ambition to extend their frontiers to the Rhone, and so hold all the country between that river, the Atlantic, and the Loire. Their menacing power has long pressed us hard; it has already swallowed up whole tracts of territory round us, and threatens to swallow more. [2] We mean to resist with spirit, though we know our peril and the risks which we incur. But our trust is not in our poor walls impaired by fire, or in our rotting palisades, or in our ramparts worn by the breasts of the sentries, as they lean on them in continual watch. Our only present help we find in those Rogations which you introduced; and this is the reason why the people of Arvernis refuse to recede, though terrors surge about them on every side. By inauguration and institution of these prayers we are already new initiates; and if so far we have effected less than you have, our hearts are affected equally with yours. [3] For it is not unknown to us by what portents and alarms the city entrusted to you by God was laid desolate at the time when first you ordained this form of prayer. Now it was earthquake, shattering the outer palace walls with frequent shocks; now fire, piling mounds of glowing ash upon proud houses fallen in ruin; now, amazing spectacle! wild deer grown ominously tame, making their lairs in the very forum. You saw the city being emptied of its inhabitants, rich and poor taking to flight. But you resorted in our latter day to the example shown of old in Nineveh, that you at least might not discredit the divine warning by the spectacle of your despair. [4] And, indeed, you of all men had been least justified in distrusting the providence of God, after the proof of it vouchsafed to your own virtues. Once, in a sudden conflagration, your faith burned stronger than the flames. In full sight of the trembling crowd, you stood forth all alone to stay them, and lo! the fire leapt back before you, a sinuous beaten fugitive. It was miracle, a formidable thing, unseen before and unexampled; the element which naturally shrinks from nothing, retired in awe at your approach.


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

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1. Sidonius Apollinaris, Carmina, 7, 22 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

2. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 2.2, 3.4, 5.12, 5.19, 6.4, 6.6, 7.5-7.6 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

3. Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum, 2.22 (6th cent. CE - 6th cent. CE)

4. Epigraphy, Seg, 54.214



Subjects of this text:

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amantius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
ambarvalia Geljon and Vos, Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation (2020) 204
auvergne Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
avitus of vienne Geljon and Vos, Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation (2020) 204, 206
barbarians Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47, 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47, 167
burgundians Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 7; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 7
caesarius of arles Geljon and Vos, Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation (2020) 204
clermont Geljon and Vos, Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation (2020) 204
easter Geljon and Vos, Rituals in Early Christianity: New Perspectives on Tradition and Transformation (2020) 206
ferreolus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 7; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 7
gregory of tours Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 7; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 7
humour, name puns Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
leo (visigothic adviser) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 7; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 7
lupus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
marble Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
pontius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
prudens Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
pudens Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
sidonius, villa (avitacum) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
slaves Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
travel Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167
visigoths, euric Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
visigoths, thorismund Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 7; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 7
women, unnamed' Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 167
women, unnamed Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 167