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    Symmachus, Relatio 12, 3

    Die Freundschaft zwischen Symmachus und Praetextatus ist in Briefen und Reden von Symmachus dokumentiert. Dessen Bewunderung für Praetextatus tritt in einem Gesuch an Theodosius und Arcadius für die Errichtung einer postumen Ehrenstatue zutage:

    Dignum est igitur, ut qui in pectoribus omnium manet, sit in ore populorum: ille semper magistratibus suis celsior; in alios temperatus, in se severus; sine contemptu facilis, sine terrore reverendus; cui si quod commodum successionis evenit, ad testatoris proximos mox revertit; qui nullius prosperis fractus est, nullius risit adversa; indecorae nescius largitatis ille, quem semper invitum secutus est honor ….

    "It would be fitting therefore that a man who abides in the hearts of all peoples should also find a place in their talk. He always towered above the magistracies he held; in dealing with other men he showed restraint, with himself he was stern; he was easy to approach, but was not with awe. If any benefit ever passed to him under the terms of a will, he immediately passed it back to the nearest kin of the testator. As he was never shattered by anothers prosperity, so he was never amused by another's disasters. He was never guilty of dishonourably buying succes; official position attended him often against his will …."

    Symm. rel. 12, 3, zitiert nach der Übersetzung von R. H. Barrow, Oxford 1973.
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