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Synesius of Cyrene


Mosaic depicting an angel. Museum of Ptolemais. Photo Marco Prins.
Mosaic depicting an angel. Museum of Ptolemais
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 24, written in 408, is offered here in the translation by A. Fitzgerald.

Letter 24: A Complaint

To Simplicius

Assuredly it is fitting that one's sentiments should not be exalted by turns of fortunes, nor should the memory of one's past friends be deemed of less consequence then one's present dignities. You have been forgetful of us for a long time; this is not at all right, when one considers the strong affection which so intimately united us aforetime.
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Revision: 17 August 2007
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