Following on from yesterday's post, another homily on Eutropius, this time from Chrysostom's contemporary Asterius of Amasea (4).
And that other, so much discussed by both men and women! how last year he planned greater things than the giants! Escaping his masters’ rods, he aspired to the rods of a consul. He acquired land to an amount not easy to describe; but he was buried in only as much as the pitiful gave him. Are not all such things then, according to the wise Preacher, vanity of vanities? And are not these political eminences like visions of baseless dreams, delighting for a little, then fleeting away; blooming and withering? Let us therefore end our discourse at this point, and render glory to the Saviour.
The "vanity of vanities" theme was clearly the one to use.