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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 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 more Mirror This website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 9 January 2015.
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Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. More on this here.
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Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire
Sidonius at Belgorod University Elena Litovchenko introduces her work on Sidonius at Belgorod State University (Russia), offering some fresh translations as well. See the Centres and Contributions  pages. Text Carmina available The text of Sidonius’ Carmina (Luetjohann edition) is now available for download on the Text and Links page, both in Word- and in PDF-format. Into Spanish Verse Jesús Hernández Lobato has put out the first ever translation of Sidonius’ poetry into Spanish verse. To the catalogue
Introducing the Panegyrics
Fabiana Nudda wrote an acclaimed M.A. thesis entitled ‘Sidonio Apollinare, prefazioni e postfazioni ai panegirici’ (cum laude, Sassari 2014, supervisor Prof. Antonella Bruzzone), see News and Recent 2014; read on this website
Wolff on Sidonius’ Letter 8.11
Étienne Wolff published an article in which he analyses Letter 8.11 about Lampridius. see News and Recent 2015
In ‘Da Apollo a Cristo’, Rossana Barcellona investigates the introduction to Carmen 16. see Recent 2015
Barcellona on Carmen 16
Report Sidonius Conference
Luciana Furbetta’s report of the November Sidonius Conference has appeared on BSL. She has also published a contribution on Sidonius in Gregory of Tours’ Histories. see Recent 2015
Language Attitudes
Tim Denecker has written an article on language attitudes in Jerome and Sidonius. see Recent 2015
Ovid and Vergil
Jean-Christophe Jolivet has written on Aurora and Rome, Ovid and Vergil in the Panegyric on Anthemius. see Recent 2015
Analyzing Letter 9.1
Silvia Condorelli has written an analysis of Ep. 9.1, published in the second issue of BSL 2015. see Recent 2015
News about Sidonius’ Epitaph A new textual witness for Sidonius’ epitaph has surfaced. It is ex-Schøyen ms. 246, now in a private collection, which contains all of Sidonius’ work, and has not been studied before. It also features the epitaph. Luciana Furbetta got exclusive permission to study this manuscript. She now publishes the first of two articles, in Euphrosyne, in which she presents the manuscript and discusses the epitaph. Its text differs in several aspects from the text known so far. See Recent 2015.

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Présence de Sidoine


The comprehensive volume of essays Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire, edited by Rémy Poignault and Annick Stoehr-Monjou, has come out.
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the Epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out.

Epithalamium for Ruricius

and Hiberia

El Humanismo que no fue

Jesús Hernández Lobato has written a book on the reception of Sidonius in the Renaissance: El Humanismo que no fue. Sidonio Apolinar en el Renacimiento.
Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe.

Apollinaris Sidonius: Die


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Umbrosa lux

Raphael Schwitter’s book Umbrosa lux, on obscuritas as an artistic virtue in late antique epistolo- graphy, has come out. It has been awarded the Mommsen-Gesellschaft Bruno Snell-Prize 2015.
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