Severus Sanctus Endelechius

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Severus Sanctus Endelechius (or Endelechus) was the writer of De Mortibus Boum (or Bovum), i.e. On the Deaths of Cattle.

It is a poem belonging to the classical bucolic tradition, but also concerned with Christian apologetics.[1] It mentions a cattle plague, which has been identified as rinderpest.[2] Another title is Carmen bucolicum de virtute signi crucis domini.[3]

He has been identified with a rhetorician Severus who was a friend of Paulinus of Nola known as Severus Rhetor.[4] He probably lived towards the end of the 4th century.


  • Severus Sanctus Endelechus, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XIII.
  • A. D. Lee, Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook (2000), pp. 130–1.


  1. ^ Dennis E. Trout, Paulinus of Nola: Life, Letters, and Poems (1999), p. 110.
  2. ^ Rinderpest - LoveToKnow 1911
  3. ^ Walter W. Greg [1].
  4. ^ Carolinne White, Early Christian Latin Poets (2002), p. 70.

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