Martianus Capella, a native of North Africa, wrote the following invocation to the Sun not earlier than the end of the fourth century a work in nine books on the liberal arts.

De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii

Book II. 85:

The Latins call thee Sol, for that in solitary splendour thou art highest in rank after the Father, and from they sacred head adorned with its twice six rays golden beams shoot forth, furnished thus, men say, to equalin number of the months and the seasons determined by thee. Four steeds they relate though guidest with reins, for thou alone dost control Nature's car. And for that thou expellest the darkness, disclosing the bright heavens with they light, therefore they name three Phoebus, revealer of the secrets of the future, or Lyaeus because thou dost unloose the hidden things of night. Thee the Nile reserves as Serapis, Memphis as Osiris, other cults as Mithras, or Dis, or savage Typhon. Thou art fair Attis too, and the gentle boy of the curved plough, Ammon also of the parched Lybian desert, and Adon of Byblos. So under various names the whole world worships thee.