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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 82, 83, 84, 85, and 86, all serve to recoomend "the charming Gerontius". It is remarkable that four of these five letters are directed to Synesius' brother Euoptius. One is left with the impression that Synesius was unsure about what to write and prepared several letters; not all of them were actually sent. The letters are here in the translation by A. Fitzgerald.

Letter 84: A Recommendation

To his Brother

A lengthy letter argues unfriendliness in the carrier, but the charming Gerontius knows all that I know, and if he were not unfriendly to falsehood, I think he would say concerning me even more than he knows, because he loves me, and has speech equal to the expression of his thought. If you see him with gladness, then you will see him as I wish.
Online 2007
Revision: 17 August 2007
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