At the same time, if Matthew of Edessa may be trusted, he also carried his arms against the Armenians, and plundered in his avarice every Armenian of wealth and position.
All the vices - perfidy, avarice, debauchery, ambition, flattery - fought within him for the mastery.
It was formerly thought that this was the Lollius whom Horace described as a model of integrity and superior to avarice in Od.
The De Institutione Coenobiorum (twelve books) describes the dress, the food, the devotional exercises, the discipline and the special spiritual dangers of monastic life in the East (gluttony, unchastity, avarice, anger, gloom, apathy, vanity and pride).
Famine, the avarice of the rich, and the necessity of providing tribute had brought the humbler classes to the lowest straits.