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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 9 January 2015.
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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
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the Epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out. see Recent and Showcase 2
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Sidonius Commentary Publication is well underway of the first volumes of the complete Sidonius Commentary. Marco Onorato (Messina) recently joined the line-up for book 8 of the correspondence. Look here for an overview.
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
Current PhD Projects Check out the new section on current PhD projects on the News page. Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. 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
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 and Showcase 2  
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
The Man and His Villa
Jelle Visser, ‘Sidonius Apollinaris, Ep. II.2: The Man and His Villa’, Cardiff JLARC 8 (2014) 26-45. here
Like Symmachus and Pliny, Sidonius goes beyond ‘Cicero’s ghost’ in practising a different, a-historic type of epistolography, Cristiana Sogno argues in the fall issue of JLA 7 on epistolography. see News
Beyond Cicero’s Ghost
Manukyan Continued
Eduard Manukyan continues his publications on see Recent
Tanta curiositate
Marisa Squillante highlights the V/VI-century intellectual. see Recent
Audrey Becker has written an article on ethnicity in Late Antiquity. read more    
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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.
The Recommendation Letter
Luciana Furbetta has published an article on the recommendation letter in fifth- to seventh-century Gaul. see Recent 2015