The Christian writer Sidonius Apollinaris lived in the later fifth century. He served under three emperors of the West. As bishop of Arverna (Clermont) he organized resistance to the Visigoths.
|Vereor autem, ne famem populi Romani theatralis caveae fragor insonet et infortunio meo publica deputetur esuries. sane hunc ipsum e vestigio ad portum mittere paro, quia conperi naves quinque Brundusio profectas cum speciebus tritici ac mellis ostia Tiberina tetigisse ...||I am afraid [Sidonius is now Praefectus Urbis] that the theatre crowd will raise the cry of famine and blame me for the shortage. In fact I am preparing to send him [the Praefectus Annonae] down at once to the harbour, because I have just heard that five ships from Brundisium with cargoes of wheat and honey have reached the Tiber mouth.
Translation: R. Meiggs, p. 99.