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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 7.4


nanIV To the Lord Bishop Fonteius [After 472 CE] I AM getting quite afraid of introducing people to you, for whereas I only give them words, you give them presents, as if it were not already the height of privilege for a man to leave my sinful company for a conversation so holy as yours. I cite in evidence my friend Vindicius, who is so laden with your generous gifts that he has returned by slower stages than he went, proclaiming everywhere that high as your repute may be, supreme as your position, your true title to praise lies less in your high office than in the voluntary respect of men. [2] He dilates upon your piety, upon the sweetness and affable charm of a familiarity never too familiar; he declares that your episcopal dignity in no way suffers, and that in you the priestly character, like a tall tree, may bend but is never broken. After hearing all these eulogies I shall never be quite happy until God suffers me to clasp in my close presumptuous embrace a heart so wholly stayed upon Him. [3] For I will make you a small confession. I can admire a man of an austere nature, and because I am very conscious of my own weakness can even tolerate harsh treatment from him; but I feel that one only submits to people of such temperament, one cannot really like them. In my opinion, the ml a who is always stern to those about him had best be very sure that his conscience is good enough to justify his pride; and for myself, I prefer to take as my model one who knows how to attract the devotion even of those who live leagues away. [4] Great as your other good deeds have been, nothing that I have heard delights me more than the news that the stream of your episcopal favour flows, with your unceasing prayers, towards the true lords of my heart, Simplicius and Apollinaris. If this be true, I pray that your kind deeds may never have an end; if false, that they may have immediate beginning. I commend the bearer to your notice. A troublesome business has arisen for him at Vaison, which the weight of your revered authority can doubtless bring to a favourable issue. Deign to hold me in remembrance, my Lord Bishop.


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

5 results
1. Horace, Sermones, 1.5.90 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

2. Martial, Epigrams, 3 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

3. Martial, Epigrams, 3 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

4. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 6.1, 6.3, 6.6-6.8, 7.2, 7.6 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

5. Epigraphy, Lscg, 120



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
barbarians Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
controversy, scripture Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
fonteius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
generosity Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
graecus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
horace, allusions Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
humilitas' Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
humilitas Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19
lyon Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
martial, allusions Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
pliny, and domitian Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
pliny, as a model Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
ravenna Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166
seneca Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
statius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 19; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 19
vindicius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 166; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 166