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 moreMirrorThis website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored on 4 July 2014.
... numquam me toleraturum animi servitutem ... that I will never tolerate mental servility
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.
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
FundingThe 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
New: Sidonius in GermanHelga Köhler is about to publish the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe, eingeleitet, übersetzt und erläutert. She will talk about it at the Sidonius conference at Edinburgh in November.