Sidonius, Letters

LCL 296: 330-331

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The Letters of Sidonius

Gai Sollii Apollinaris Sidonii Epistvlarvm

Liber Primvs

Ι Sidonivs Constantio Svo Salvtem

1. Diu praecipis, domine maior, summa suadendi auctoritate, sicuti es in his quae deliberabuntur consiliosissimus, ut, si quae mihi1 litterae paulo politiores varia occasione fluxerint, prout eas causa persona tempus elicuit, omnes retractatis exemplaribus enucleatisque uno volumine includam, Quinti Symmachi rotunditatem, Gai Plinii disciplinam maturitatemque vestigiis praesumptuosis insecuturus.

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Book I.I to Constantius

Letters of Gaius Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius

Book I

I Sidonius to his Friend Constantius, Greeting*

1. My honoured Lord,1 you have this long while been pressing me (and you have every claim on my attention, for you are a most competent adviser on the matters about to be discussed) to collect all the letters making any little claim to taste that have flowed from my pen on different occasions as this or that affair, person, or situation called them forth, and to revise and correct the originals and combine all in a single book.2 In so doing, I should be following, though with presumptuous steps, the path traced by Quintus Symmachus with his rounded style and by Gaius Plinius with his highly-developed

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sidonius-letters.1936