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Letter CCCLV.

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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