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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


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 4 July 2014.
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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
Ágnes Horváth
Sidonius in Dracontius
Under Way from Lyon to Rome
Filosini’s commentary on the epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out. see recent
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Fournier and Stoehr-Monjou on ‘Représentation idéologique de l’espace dans la lettre I, 5 de Sidoine Apollinaire’. see recent
Horváth (University of Szeged) has got a new entry on the scholarship page.
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
Riess has published a monograph on Narbonne in Late Antiquity. Chapter 3 is about Sidonius’ Carmen 23. read more
Publication Underway Publication is now underway of the first volumes of the comprehensive Sidonius Commentary. Look here for an overview.
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Tizzoni on literary parallels between the works of Dracontius and those of Sidonius and Avitus. see recent
Narbonne in Late Antiquity
Carmen 15
Isabelle Tanner-Egg has written a master thesis on Araneola in Carmen 15 (’insigni cum laude’, supervisors H. Harich-Schwarzbauer and P. Schierl, Basel). read more
Carmina 1-2 and more
Francesco Montone has received his doctorate at the University of Naples with a thesis on the Panegyricus of Anthemius. This and other publications on the news and SAxxi pages, and in the bibliographies 2006-2013 and recent.
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 been awarded funding for three years to come by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. More on this here.
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 just published 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