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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 7.5-7.6


nanV To the Lord Bishop Agroeclus [472 CE] A PUBLIC resolution of the citizens has called me to Biturica. The reason for the summons is the tottering condition of the Church, which has just been widowed of her bishop; members of both orders have been intriguing for the vacant see, just as if some bugle had sounded for the fray. The people are excited, and divided into factions; while only a few are ready to propose others, there are many who do not so much propose as impose themselves. To a man determined, as far as in him lies, to obey God and keep fast the truth, everything here seems frivolous, unstable, and sophisticated; one might say that the only genuine thing left is impudence. [2] You may think these laments exaggerated; but I scarcely hesitate to affirm that there are many here who harbour thoughts so rash and ruinous that they are ready to offer ready money for this holy see and all its dignity; the sale might before now have been effected in open market if the greed of the would-be purchasers had found response in vendors equal in audacity. I entreat you, therefore, to crown my hopes by giving me the honour of your presence under the same roof, and lending my diffidence, my embarrassment, and my inexperience the shelter of your high protection. [3] At a time of such perplexity, do not refuse your help in healing the dissensions of the people of Aquitaine; it is true that you are at the head of the Senonais, but that is of small consequence; though we live in different provinces, we are bound by a single religious bond. Besides, Arvernis is the last of all the cities in Aquitanica Prima which the fortune of war has left to Rome; the number of provincial bishops is therefore inadequate to the election of a new prelate at Biturica, unless we have the support of the metropolitans. [4] Rest assured that I have in no way encroached on your prerogatives. As yet I have neither nominated, summoned, nor preferred a candidate; I have left the matter absolutely intact for your decision. All that I take upon myself is to invite you hither, to await your good pleasure, to acquiesce in your opinion, and when the throne is filled, to render the proper deference to your commands. 5. I do not for a moment suspect that any bad adviser will dissuade you from acceding to this request; but should that prove to be the case, you will hardly acquit yourself of blame, though it is easy to find reasonable excuses for not undertaking so long a journey. On the other hand, your coming will prove that though there may be limits to your diocese, your brotherly love is without bounds. Deign to hold me in remembrance, my Lord Bishop.


nanVI To the Lord Bishop Basilius [472-3 CE] GOD has permitted us to give this generation a new example of what old friendship means; ours indeed is an attachment of long duration, and equal strength upon both sides. But our respective positions are by no means equal: you are the patron and I the client; perhaps, indeed, I presume too far in saying even so much. For so great is my unworthiness, that even the proven efficacy of your intercession can hardly make good my backsliding. [2] Because you are doubly my lord and master, firstly as my protector, secondly as my friend; because I so well remember (was I not by?) the flow of your eloquence, springing from that fervent zeal of yours, when you pierced with the point of your spiritual testimonies Modaharius the Goth as he brandished the darts of Arian heresy against you; because of all this, I need fear no charge of disrespect towards other pontiffs when I pour into your ears my grief at the ravages of the great wolf of our times, who ranges about the ecclesiastical fold battening upon lost souls, and biting right and left by stealth and undetected. [3] For that old enemy begins by threatening the shepherds' throats, knowing it the best way to ensure his triumph over the bleating and abandoned sheep. I am not so far oblivious of my own career as to ignore that I am one whose conscience has yet to be washed clean by many tears; but by God's grace my foulness shall at last be cleared away with the mystic rake of your intercession. But since consideration for the public safety must come before everything, even a man's sense of his own unworthiness, I shall not hesitate to proclaim the cause of truth, disregarding all insinuations about my vanity, or doubts as to the sincerity of my faith.


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

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

2. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 1.1-1.2, 1.5, 1.7-1.8, 1.10, 2.2, 5.12, 6.4, 6.6, 7.1, 7.6, 7.8-7.9 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
barbarians Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
marble' Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47
marble 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
sidonius, literary style Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 20; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 20
sidonius, praefectus urbis Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 20; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 20
sidonius, villa (avitacum) Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47
visigoths, euric Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 47; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 47