All Coptic Links - Coptic Directory - Orthodox Church Directory The Agbeya - The Coptic Book of Prayers (English Agbiya + Arabic Agpeya) English Bible + Holy Bible in other languages - Arabic, French, Ethiopian Amharic Holy Bible, ArabicBible, Enjeel Saint Takla dot org - Main page - English Photo and Image Gallery: Jesus - Mary - Saints - St. Takla - Church - Priests - Bible - Activities - pictures and Icons.. Download and listen to Hymns - Carols - Midnight Praise (Tasbeha) - Midis - Videos - Liturgies - Masses - Sermons - Online Streaming   Coptic Church Website Logo of Saint Takla Haymanot the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Website - Alexandria - Egypt - موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت القبطي الأرثوذكسي FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - Coptic and Christan Q&A - Faith, Creed, Site, Youth, Family, Holy Bible Contact Us - Address - Map - Online Support Send a free Christian and Coptic Greeting Cards to your friends موقع الكنيسة القبطية باللغة العربية - الموقع العربي StTaklaorg Site News and Updates Downloads.. Winamp Skins - Coptic fonts - Agbeya - Software - Freeware - Icons - Gallery - Mp3s Feedback - Submit URL - ideas - Suggestions.. Kids' Corner - Coloring - Songs - Games - Stories Free Coptic Books - Christian Arabic Books, Orthodox English Books  

Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. VIII:
The Letters.: Libanius to Basil.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Letter CCCXLV.

Libanius to Basil.

It is, I think, more needful for me to defend myself for not having begun to write to you long ago, than to offer any excuse for beginning now.  I am that same man who always used to run up whenever you put in an appearance, and who listened with the greatest delight to the stream of your eloquence; rejoicing to hear you; with difficulty tearing myself away; saying to my friends, This man is thus far superior to the daughters of Achelous, in that, like them, he soothes, but he does not hurt as they do.  Truly it is no great thing not to hurt; but this man’s songs are a positive gain to the hearer.  That I should be in this state of mind, should think that I am regarded with affection, and should seem able to speak, and yet should not venture to write, is the mark of a man guilty of extreme idleness, and, at the same time, inflicting punishment on himself.  For it is clear that you will requite my poor little letter with a fine large one, and will take care not to wrong me again.  At this word, I fancy, many will cry out, and will crowd round with the shout, What! has Basil done any wrong—even a small wrong?  Then so have Œacus, and Minos and his brother. 3278   In other points I admit that you have won.  Who ever saw you that does not envy you?  But in one thing you have sinned against me; and, if I remind you of it, induce those who are indignant thereat not to make a public outcry.  No one has ever come to you and asked a favour which it was easy to give, and gone away unsuccessful.  But I am one of those who have craved a boon without receiving it.  What then did I ask?  Often when I was with you in camp, I was desirous of entering, with the aid of your wisdom, into the depth of Homer’s frenzy.  If the whole is impossible, I said, do you bring me to a portion of what I p. 324 want.  I was anxious for a part, wherein, when things have gone ill with the Greeks, Agamemnon courts with gifts the man whom he has insulted.  When I so spoke, you laughed, because you could not deny that you could if you liked, but were unwilling to give.  Do I really seem to be wronged to you and to your friends, who were indignant at my saying that you were doing a wrong?



Rhadamanthus and Minos were both said to be sons of Zeus and Europa.  cf. Verg., Æn. vi. 566 and Pind., Ol. ii. 75.

Next: Libanius to Basil.

Send this page to a friend

St. Takla Church - Main Index111111111 - Commentary on the New Testament by Matthew Henry تفسير العهد القديم - متى هنرى

Like & share

© Saint Takla Haymanout Website: Coptic Orthodox Church - Alexandria, Egypt / URL: / Contact us at