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This website focuses on Gaius Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius, a fifth- century Gallo-Roman aristocrat, high official, poet, letter writer, and bishop of Clermont (Auvergne) - a key figure in the transition of the later Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages and the dawn of Europe as we know it. It provides news on publications, conferences, and scholars in this field. It contains materials for the study of Sidonius, featuring, among other things, an up-to-date bibliography and files for download such as the complete Latin text of the poems and letters according to Luetjohann's authoritative 1887 edition.

Sidonius Apollinaris for

the 21st Century

The site is also home to the SAxxi project, 'Sidonius Apollinaris for the 21st Century', which aims to produce a state-of-the-art comprehensive commentary on Sidonius’ poetry and prose. Although held in high regard in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and extensively plundered for historical source material over the centuries, Sidonius has only recently begun to be studied again as a man of letters and cultural figure in his own right, in the wake of the re-assessment of Late Antiquity in general. Nevertheless, we still lack the basic tool of a modern commentary on much of his oeuvre, a lack which is particularly grave given the challenging, ornamental, and allusive Latin of his prose and poetry. To date there are only a handful of more or less recent commentaries on some of his poems and on some books of his correspondence - and not all of them published. The purpose of the project is to fill this gap by means of a coordinated international effort to have his entire oeuvre commented within ten to fifteen years. read more Mirror This website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 4 January 2016.
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Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire

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The comprehensive volume of essays Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire, edited by Rémy Poignault and Annick Stoehr-Monjou, has come out.
Marco Onorato’s book investigates Sidonius’ poetic technique, how he borrows elements from tradition and fits them into complex new structures.

Il castone e la gemma

Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe.

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Umbrosa lux

Raphael Schwitter’s book Umbrosa lux, on obscuritas as an artistic virtue in late antique epistolo- graphy, has come out. It has been awarded the Mommsen-Gesellschaft Bruno Snell-Prize 2015.
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Francesco Montone analyzes Rici- mer’s role in the Panegyric on Anthe- mius. see Recent 2015  
Ricimer in the Panegyric
Mascoli Translates Letters
Patrizia Mascoli has put out a translation of twenty-six of Sidonius’ letters to friends. For a list and for orders, see Recent 2016 
Variety in Carm. 11 and 23
Marco Onorato publishes two articles on the function of variety, in Carm. 11 and 23 respectively. see Recent 2016
Looking Eastwards
Lynton Boshoff has written on the ‘Regina Orientis’ in Carmen 2, in a volume addressing the concept of cities and peripheries. see Recent 2016
Sidonius Blog
Featured on the new ‘Sidonius in Antiquity and Modernity’ blog: - Joop van Waarden, ‘Sidonius Edifies German Nuns’ - Gavin Kelly, ‘Vichy and the Visigoths’ - Paul Barnaby, ‘Sidonius in Clubland’
Recent Additions
Recent additions to the bibliography include: - Emmanuel Grélois on the territory of Clermont-Ferrand - Michael Hanaghan on Avitus in Poem 7 - Eduard Manukyan on Lupus in Sidonius' correspondence - Andrey Pikin & Eduard Manukyan on the peace negotiations of 474-75 - Aaron Pelttari on Sidonius and Horace, Ars poetica 14-23. - Stefania Pietrini on the trial of Arvandus - Marisa Squillante on the word superstitio in Letter 8.6
Gaul between imperium and regna
At the University of Bonn, a new project, ‘Gaul between imperium and regna’, coordinated by Matthias Becher and Hendrik Hess, is to integrate readings of the correspondences of Sidonius Apollinaris, Ruricius of Limoges, and Avitus of Vienne. Look here.
Ancient Letter Collections Project
A project at Manchester on Ancient Letter Collections, co-ordinated by Roy Gibson and Andrew Morrison, sets itself the task of establishing the study of ancient letter collections as a discrete and unified field. Read here.
Hanaghan on Avitus
Michael Hanaghan has written an article about Sidonius’ characterisation of Avitus. see Recent 2016
Sidonius and Horace
In the latest issue of Philologus, Aaron Pelttari writes about Sidonius ignoring Horace’s advice of artistic unity, but claiming the opposite. see Recent 2016

Sidonius’ poetic technique

A brand-new monograph investigates Sidonius’ poetic technique: Marco Onorato, Il castone e la gemma: Sulla tecnica poetica di Sidonio Apollinare. Read on here.
Literature and Politics
Luciana Furbetta, in ‘Gioco letterario e realtà’, defines Sidonius’ letter collection as a fusion of literary make-up for the incrowd and a political instrument. see Recent 2016 
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