Jacques Camille, or Jacobus Camillus, on record as a possible professor at the university in 1578 (Prosper Boissonade, Histoire de L'Université de Poitiers (Poitiers, 1932), p. 253), was the author of several philological and philosophical texts, including a two volume edition of Cicero's Academic Questions, an edition of the first book of On the Ends of Good and Evil, and philosophical tracts dealing with Ramist and scientific method. Rollock's epitaph to Camille suggests that he died at some point in 1578 or early 1579, and Rollock praised him for his achievements as a Cicero scholar. The poem makes a clever play on Camille's name, linking him to Marcus Furius Camillus (ca.446-365BC) the Roman military leader who forced the Gauls to withdraw from their occupation of Rome in 387BC and was thus credited as the 'second founder' of the city, and to the term for acolytes in ancient Rome, who had to be free-born children with both parents living. Metre: elegiac couplets.
Tumulus Iacobi Camilli (c.1578)
Tumulus Iacobi Camilli
1Facundi cineres haec occulit urna Camilli,
laus ipso cujus nomine multa latet.
Attulit Ausonius, belli virtute, Camillus
Romulidis vitam, Franciadisque necem.
5Attulit ingenii noster splendore Camillus
Romulidis tenebras, Franciadisque diem.
[p383] Gallia stat vindex, ut victrix Roma, Camillo:
iactari ista nimis desinat, illa queri.
Verum, ut laude pares Superi sensere Camillos,
10ne major nostri surgere possit honos.
Crescenti heu vitam subita secuere ruina,
12iamque suum luget Gallia Roma suum.
A monument to James Camillus
This urn conceals the ashes of eloquent Camillus, whose praise hides many things in that name. The Italian Camillus, by virtue of war, brought forth life for the Romans, and slaughter for the Franks. Our Camillus, through the brilliance of his inborn character, brought forth night for the Romans, and day for the Franks. [p383] Gaul stands as the one looking for vengeance, as Rome the victress, with Camillus, the latter ceases to boast excessively, the former to lament its lot. Truly, as the Gods realised that the Camilli were their equal in praise, no greater honour could be allowed to spring up for our one. Alas, counterfeited ruin cut off his life as he was thriving, And now Gaul and Rome mourns him.