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 moreMirrorThis website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 4 January 2017.
... numquam me toleraturum animi servitutem ... that I will never tolerate mental servility
Marco Onorato reconsiders Carm. 37 in BSL. See Recent 2017.
The Sidonius website now goes systematicallyback before 2000, providing new bibliography pages for older literature 1900-1999 and before 1900. Check out for yourself, and please note that suggestions are welcome.
Michael Hanaghan investigates ‘Micro Allusions to Pliny and Virgil in Sidonius’s Programmatic Epistles’. Look here
Damien Martinez offers a fresh archaeological take on the development of Clermont, and the role played in this by its fortifications and cult sites. See Bibliography Recent 2017.29 April 2017
Sidonius’ Epitaph Revisited
The problem of Sidonius’ epitaph is centralto the 29th reunion of the Association pourl’Antiquité Tardive at Clermont-Ferrand, 9-11June. Speakers include Patrice Montzamir andAnnick Stoehr-Monjou.