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Letter 355

ST. BASIL OF CAESAREA

Libanius to Basil.

Are you living at Athens, Basil? Have you forgotten yourself? The sons of the Cæsareans could not endure to hear these things. My tongue was not accustomed to them. Just as though I were treading some dangerous ground, and were struck at the novelty of the sounds, it said to me its father, My father, you never taught this! This man is Homer, or Plato, or Aristotle, or Susarion. He knows everything. So far my tongue. I only wish, Basil, that you could praise me in the same manner!

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Source. Translated by Blomfield Jackson. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 8. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1895.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3202355.htm>.

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