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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 7 July 2015.
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Commentary on Epithalamium
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the Epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out. see Recent and Showcase 2
Sidonius Commentary Publication is well underway of the first volumes of the complete Sidonius Commentary. Joop van Waarden’s second volume of Writing to Survive, on Book 7, letters 12-18, is almost ready. Look here for an overview of the series.

Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. More on this here.
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 and Showcase 2  
Sidonius in the Renaissance
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Ágnes Horváth provides a survey of Hungarian Sidonius scholarship on the Centres page > Szeged/Hungary.
Hungarian Scholarship
Sidonius on Claudianus Mamertus
Jerzy Styka analyses Sidonius’ portrayal of Claudianus Mamertus. see Recent 2014
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Two PhD Projects
Two new PhD projects were launched in 2014: - Sara Fascione (Naples) on the barbarians in Sidonius’ letters, and - Veronika Egetenmeyr (Kiel) on how Gaul, and Aquitaine in particular, changed in Sidonius’ time. see the new ‘Current PhD Projects’ section on the News page.
Francesco Montone writes on Sidonius’ relationships with Majorian, the confederate barbarians ... and Ovid, in the latest issue of Salternum. see News and Recent 2014
Majorian, Barbarians ... and Ovid
Sidonius and Cultural History
Lucie Desbrosses (Besançon) is working on a PhD thesis on fifth- century cultural history in the light of the letters and poems of Sido- nius, with special attention to literature, religion, and philosophy. see News
In a combined geographical and literary approach, Mauricette Fournier and Annick Stoehr- Monjou shed light on Sidonius’ mobility, and on letter 1.5 in particular. see Recent 2014
Sidonius’ Travels
Sidonius in German
Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe. see Recent 2014 and Showcase 2
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Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire A major event in Sidonius scholarship, the comprehensive volume of essays Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire, edited by Rémy Poignault and Annick Stoehr-Monjou, has come out. For orders and more, go to Showcase 1.
New from Luciana Furbetta
After an article on the recommend- ation letter, Luciana Furbetta has now published on the representation of power in Sidonius. see News
Prize-winning obscuritas
Raphael Schwitter’s book Umbrosa lux, on obscuritas as an artistic virtue in late-antique epistolography, has come out. It has been awarded the Mommsen- Gesellschaft Bruno Snell- Prize 2015. read more
Incontri Triestini 6
Volume 6 of Incontri Triestini features, among other pieces, Stefania Santelia on the Laus Narbonae in Carm. 23 and Étienne Wolff on Martial in Late Antiquity. see Recent  2015
 Marek Babic published a Slovak  translation of Sidonius’ description  of his Aydat villa, with an introduction.  see Recent 2015  
A Slovak Translation of Ep. 2.2
Étienne Wolff offers a new article on the epigraphic poems in Sidonius’ correspondence. see Recent 2014  
Sidonius and the Epigram
Images and Emperors On 17-19 September a conference ‘Images and Emperors in the 4th Century AD’ will be held at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. More on this here.
New Website Cathedral Notre-Dame cathedral at Clermont-Ferrand has put a comprehensive new website online. Heir to Sidonius’ cathedral, it is among the major Gothic monuments in France. It features a unique ensemble of 12th- to 20th- century stained glass windows. Click to visit.
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The Ideal Bishop
Eduard Manukyan has published an article on the ‘episcopus bonus’, the image of the ideal bishop as represented in Sidonius’ correspondence. see Recent 2015
Book 5 Tackled
Ilenia Giulietti obtained her doctorate with a commentary on the first part of Epistulae Book 5. see News and SAxxi
Introducing the Panegyrics
Fabiana Nudda wrote a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Sidonio Apollinare, prefazioni e postfazioni ai panegirici’ (cum laude, Sassari 2014, supervisor Prof. Antonella Bruzzone), see News  and Recent 2014