Synesius of Cyrene (c.370-c.413) was a Neo-Platonic philosopher who became bishop of Ptolemais in the Cyrenaica. He left behind a small corpus of texts that offer much information about daily life in Late Antiquity, and about the christianization of the Roman world.
Letter 33, written in 394 and offered here in the translation by A. Fitzgerald, is obviously incomplete. It is addressed to Synesius' former teacher Hypatia of Alexandria,note[A follower of the Neoplatonic philosophy and head of the school of Alexandria, she was recognized by the church historian Socrates as one of the most brilliant philosophers of the late fourth, early fifth century. Synesius was among her pupils. Hypatia was lynched by a Christian mob in 413/414.] to whom he also sent letters 124, 15, 154, 81, 10, 16.
Letter 33: In Praise of Alexander
 To the Philosophernote[Hypatia.]
I seemed destined to play the part of an echo. Whatever sounds I catch, these I repeat. I now pass on to you the praises of the marvelous Alexander…note[Perhaps a relative of Synesius.]