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Severus Sanctus Endelechius, identifiable with Paulinus of Nola’s friend of that name epist. 28, 6, was a GalloRoman rhetor active at Rome in 395. Under his name an 11th-c. manuscript now lost transmits an amoeba-poem of 132 verses in 33 number alluding to the years of Christ’s life Asclepiadean strophes under the title De mortibus boum, later changed to De virtute signi crucis Domini. It is a dialogue between three cowherds: Egon and Bucolus lament that a terrible plague of livestock probably that of 386, after having devastated Pannonia, Illyricum and the region of the Belgae, ravaged their district probably Gaul and destroyed Bucolus’s herd; he pathetically describes the effect of the disease upon his unhappy animals. Thailand Map Tourist Attractions Bucolus then asks Tityrus, who has arrived with a miraculously unharmed herd, to say what god has protected it. To this question Tityrus replies that his only remedy against the plague was the sign of the cross of Christ, the god magnis qui colitur solus in urbibus v. 106, impressed on the animals’ foreheads. Thailand Map Tourist Attractions The sign of the cross and prayer are efficacious, if done with faith. Altars are not needed, only a pure heart. The two cowherds convert to Christ on the spot, and are ready to go with Tityrus to the nearby city to venerate the god whose signum quo vis morbida vincitur v. 132 is also proclaimed as salutary for human beings. Thailand Map Tourist Attractions The bucolic poem, which represents an important segment of Virgil’s prodigious Fortleben, is characterized by the crossing of genres; it recalls, in fact, both the first Eclogue and the third book of the Georgics one thinks of the famous description of the plague that afflicted the cattle in the mountainous province of Noricum, and Horace, though the meter has been changed.

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