3. Historia Augusta, Alb. 12.5-12

 

Text & translation: Loeb

Exstat epistula Severi, quae ostendit animum suum, missa ad senatum, cuius hoc exemplum est: “Nihil mihi gravius potest evenire, patres conscripti, quam ut vestrum iudicium Albinus haberet potius quam Severus. […] unum ex Afris et quidem Hadrumetinis, fingentem quod de Ceioniorum stemmate sanguinem duceret, usque adeo extulistis, ut eum principem habere velletis me principe, salvis liberis meis. […] quin etiam audiendus in senatu fuit Statilius Corfulenus, qui honores Albino et eius fratri decernendos ducebat, cui hoc superfuit, ut de me illi decerneret homo nobilis et triumphum. maior fuit dolor, quod illum pro litterato laudandum plerique duxistis, cum ille neniis quibusdam anilibus occupatus inter Milesias Punicas Apulei sui et ludicra litteraria consenesceret”.


There is still in existence a letter from Severus, addressed to the senate, which shows very clearly his state of mind; whereof this is a copy: “Nothing that can happen, O Conscript Fathers, could give me greater sorrow than that you should endorse Albinus in preference to Severus. […] A man from Africa, a native of Hadrumetum, who pretends to derive descent from the blood of the Ceionii, you have raised to a lofty place; you have even wished to make him your ruler, though I am your ruler and my children are still alive. […] Why, even in the senate we must hear Statilius Corfulenus proposing to vote honours to Albinus and his brother, and all that was lacking was that the noble fellow should also vote him a triumph over me. It is even a greater source of chagrin, that some of you thought he should be praised for his knowledge of letters, when in fact he is busied with old wives’ songs, and grows senile amid the Milesian stories from Carthage that his friend Apuleius wrote and such other learned nonsense”.