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Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 8.6


nanVI To his friend Namatius [c. 480 CE] CAIUS JULIUS CAESAR, reputed the greatest master of strategy who ever lived, was a great reader and a great writer also. Though he was the first man of his age, and the arts of war and rhetoric disputed his genius with equally glorious results, yet he never considered himself to have attained the summit in either branch of knowledge until your orator of Arpinum proclaimed him without a rival among men. [2] To compare small things with great, it has been the same in my own case, however vast my inferiority. No one should know this better than yourself, concerned as you have always been for my success and for my modesty in bearing it. I learn that Flavius Nicetius, distinguished above all his countrymen by his birth, his rank, his merit, his prudence, his wise knowledge of the world, has accorded my small work unlimited praise. He has gone further and declared that while yet in the prime of life I have surpassed in the two fields of literature and war the great number of our young men and not a few of the older among us. [3] If I may say it without vanity, I derive real satisfaction from the approval of so eminent a judge. If he is right, his weight counts for much; if partial, I have a fresh proof of his friendship; though nowadays every man of us is but a sluggard in deed, and in word an infant in comparison with his forefathers. To the men of earlier ages the ruler of all ages granted supreme excellence in these arts; but now the world waxes old, the quickening seed is exhausted, the marrow lost; and if in our time aught of admirable or memorable appears, it is manifest in exceeding few. [4] Nicetius may lead all learning and all letters, but I fear that our intimacy may have led him to exaggerate my merit through the bias natural to friendship. And were it so, I will not deny that in the past I used often to attend the delivery of his luminous speeches, and however fleeting or imperfect my memories, I may properly recall some of them in the present place, even at the risk of being thought to join a game of mutual admiration.


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

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1. Pliny The Younger, Letters, 8.23 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

2. Pliny The Younger, Letters, 8.23 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

3. Sidonius Apollinaris, Carmina, 20 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

4. Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters, 2.2, 4.8, 6.1, 7.14, 8.11, 9.6, 9.9 (5th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)

5. Various, Anthologia Palatina, 6.231



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amicitia Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 88; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 88
attila Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3
avitus, daughter Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3
closure Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 83; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 83
domitius Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 83; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 83
faustus of riez Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 88; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 88
julius caesar Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 85, 88; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 85, 88
lampridius, death Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 83, 88; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 83, 88
lupus Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 88; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 88
papianilla Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3
sallust Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3
sidonius, wife Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3
terence, allusions Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 83; Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 83
women, unnamed' Hanghan, Lettered Christians: Christians, Letters, and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus (2019) 3
women, unnamed Hitch, Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world (2017) 3