Crispus, you are my strength and support, the anchor of my galleon
You are the strong harbour that shelters my shipwreck
My fortress, honour and security:
Under the dear and gentle faith of your shrewd captaincy
Only peace and spiritual rest afflict me.
Nor just for me, for you stand high in public debate
Using your influence only to benefit your clients:
Your heart flows with Athenian honey and
You are the supreme glory of your family’s Name.
To be deprived of you, is to be in exile:
I languish on the surface of this forsaken rock,
But while my spirit is above the soil, it is near to you.
*Gaius Sallustius Crispus Passienus, a Roman senator active during 1st century AD. He was consul in 44. He was step-father to Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbarus, who later became the Emperor Nero. Seneca celebrated his friendship with Crispus in several epigrams, hoping that he would succeed in gaining Seneca clemency from the Emperor Claudius and thus a reprieve from exile on Corsica.