Sidonius, Letters

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The Letters of Sidonius

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I Sidonivs Probo Svo Salvtem

1. Soror mihi quae uxor tibi: hinc inter nos summa et principalis necessitudo, et ea quidem patruelis, non germana fraternitas, quae plerumque se purius fortius meracius amat. nam facultatum inter germanos prius lite sopita iam qui nascuntur ex fratribus nihil invicem controversantur, et hinc saepe caritas in patruelibus maior, quia desistit simultas a divisione nec cessat affectus a semine. secundus nobis animorum nexus accessit de studiorum parilitate, quia idem sentimus culpamus laudamus in litteris et aeque nobis quaelibet dictio placet improbaturque. 2. quamquam mihi nimis arrogo iudicium meum conferens tuo. quis enim iuvenum nesciat seniorumque te mihi magistrum fuisse proprium, cum videremur habere communem, et si quid heroicus arduum comicus lepidum, lyricus cantilenosum orator

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Book IV

Book IV

I Sidonius To His Cousin Probus,* Greeting

1. Your wife1 is my cousin; hence comes the greatest and chiefest bond between us—not, be it noted, a brotherly tie but that cousinly relationship in which the affection is often purer, stronger, and more unalloyed; for when brothers’ disputes about property have been set at rest, their children no longer have any quarrel with one another, and there is often greater love between cousins just because the enmity arising from the division of the inheritance dies out while the attachment due to kinship shows no diminution. A second bond between our hearts has come from the affinity of our intellectual interests, for we have the same taste in literary matters, praising or blaming the same things, and we are always at one in our approval or disapproval of any particular form of diction. 2. It is true that I am presumptuous in comparing my judgment with yours. Everyone, young or old, must know that you were my special teacher, although we appeared to have a common master, and that it was you who revealed to each and all of your school-fellows (except to such as lacked talent or failed to use their opportunities) the achievements of writers in many fields—the lofty utterance of the epic poet, the wit of the comedian, the tunefulness of the lyric poet, the

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sidonius-letters.1936