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Keep my wife in ignorance of clandestine associations. May she keep my bed holy, unsullied, pious, inaccessible to unlawful desires. Nor is there any obvious reason for him to link his sons to his two sisters rather than to his own wife. 53 = 55 Garzya [hereafter G]). Remove the stops at the end of lines 30 and 32; add stops at the end of lines 31 and 36: 28 This translation presupposes the new punctuation of the entire passage proposed below. 2. 1. This will now have to be translated as etiam rather than as et, a particularly common usage in Synesius, as illustrated by the helpful indices verborum to the editions of Terzaghi, dellEra *, and Lacombrade.
And what follows, for all its Chaldaean coloring, can likewise be interpreted as the Christian soul yearning for cleansing through baptism: Kindle, O King, the lights that lead aloft, giving to me light wings. Cut the knot, loose the grip of the twin desires by which artful Nature bends down souls to the earth. Grant me to escape the destiny of the body and to spring swiftly even to your courts, to your bosom, whence flows forth the fountain of the soul. There was no reason why a philosophical Christian should find any serious problem in adapting the Chaldaean account of the descent and return of the soul to his faith.
800–801. It is clear from the way Synesius describes his acceptance of the bishopric that Olympius is a Christian, a point not made in the PLRE entry. Synesius was not Hypatia's only Christian pupil. 45. Perhaps an allusion to Soph. 267. 46. On the reference to Greece, see p. 56 and appendix 3. See Runia 1976, 193–208. Page 24 As Liebeschuetz has recently put it, beneath the formulated objections we can recognize a deep unwillingness to take on the full-time, life-consuming professionalism of the bishop's office.