Note 056
From Chapter 36 of the Decline & Fall

Sidonius gives a tedious account (1. i. Epist. xi. p. 25-31) of a supper at Arles, to which he was invited by Majorian a short time before his death. He had no intention of praising a deceased emperor; but a casual disinterested remark,

"Subrisit Augustus; ut erat, auctoritate servata, cum se communioni dedisset, joci plenus,"

outweighs the six hundred lines of his venal panegyric.

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