Note 063
From Chapter 36 of the Decline & Fall

The poet himself is compelled to acknowledge the distress of Ricimer:-

Praeterea invictus Ricimer, quem publica fata
Respiciunt, proprio solus vix Marte repellit
Piratam per rura vabum__ [Carm. ii. 352.]

Italy addresses her complaint to the Tiber; and Rome, at the solicitation of the river-god, transports herself to Constantinople, renounces her ancient claims, and implores the friendship of Aurora, the goddess of the East. This fabulous machinery, which the genius of Claudian had used and abused, is the constant and miserable resource of the muse of Sidonius.

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