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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 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 on 9 January 2015.
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Alberto Ferreiro has brought out another supplement (2010-2012) of his bibliography The Visigoths in Gaul and Iberia. see recent  
Bibliography 2010-2012
Commentary on Epithalamium
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out. see recent
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Reviews New Approaches
Michael Hanaghan has reviewed New Approaches for the Classical Review (FirstView 20.10.14). Earlier reviews are by Cosenza in BSL, by Mastandrea in BMCR, and Hess in Clio-online. read more
More and More Authors Publication is well underway of the first volumes of the comprehensive Sidonius Commentary. Marco Onorato (Messina) has lately joined the line-up for book 8 of the correspondence. Look here for an overview.
Episcopal Diplomacy
Audrey Becker touches on Sidonius in a chapter on episcopal diplomacy in Michèle Gaillard (ed.), L’empreinte chrétienne en Gaule. links in news and recent
Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. More on this here. Inventory Poetry An inventory of Sidonius’ verse production - Panegyrics, carmina minora, and poems in the letters - is available for download from the Text and links page. The list of digitized manuscripts has also been enlarged.
Henriette Harich- Schwarzbauer and Étienne Wolff have contributed chapters on, respectively, decadence as an aspect of Sidonius’ epithalamia and of his reception, to Formisano & Fuhrer, Décadence. see recent
Aspects of Decadence
Sidonius in German Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe, eingeleitet, übersetzt und erläutert, Stuttgart: Hiersemann Verlag.
Marco Onorato writes on ambig- uity in Sidonius’ poetry in the latest instalment of the Bollettino di Studi Latini. see recent  
Jesús Hernández Lobato has publ- ished a new book on the reception of Sidonius in the Renaissance: El Huma- nismo que no fue. Sidonio Apolinar en el Renacimiento. see recent  
Sidonius in the Renaissance
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A Critical History
For Pierre Laurens’ Histoire critique de la littérature latine, see the News page.
A blogpost on Ep. 8.6 to Namatius and on the Saxons from a Scandinav- ian archaeological point of view. It begins with New Approaches.  
Letter 8.6 and the Saxons
The Man and His Villa
Jelle Visser, ‘Sidonius Apollinaris, Ep. II.2: The Man and His Villa’, Cardiff JLARC 8 (2014) 26-45. here
Like Symmachus and Pliny, Sidonius goes beyond ‘Cicero’s ghost’ in practising a different, a-historic type of epistolography, Cristiana Sogno argues in the fall issue of JLA 7 on epistolography. see News
Beyond Cicero’s Ghost
Manukyan Continued
Eduard Manukyan continues his publications on see Recent
Tanta curiositate
Marisa Squillante highlights the V/VI-century intellectual. see Recent