“The highest reward”

“The highest reward, for the souls of great philosophers, is to migrate into the bees and nightingales; they who have nourished the human race on their words, then charm it with the sweetness of their honey or the beauty of their song.”

– Ambrose of Milan, De bono mortis X 45

14th c. Alimenti miele, Taccuino Sanitatis, Casanatense 4182.

 

Cit. P. Courcelle, “Anti-Christian Arguments and Christian Platonism: From Arnobius to St. Ambrose”, The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century (Oxford–Warburg Studies), ed. A. Momigliano (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963), 161, 183 note 123.

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