34. [...] [Epiphanius] completed the eight years of his diaconate, which he had entered upon in his twentieth year. 35. And in those days the church of Ticinum flourished in good and virtuous clerics. They were saintly men, but he, a beginner on the path of perfection, surpassed them. There was at that time the archdeacon Sylvester, a man of long experience in the teaching of the arts; there was that outstanding man and presbyter Bonosus, noble by sanctity as well as by blood; a Gaul by descent, he was a citizen of heaven. There were others, many in number and outstanding in virtue, and I mention them because he is worthy of but meager praise who is compared with only those of little worth.
(trans. Cook 1942: 46, 47).