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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 7 July 2015.
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Commentary on Epithalamium
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the Epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out. see Recent and Showcase 2
Sidonius Commentary Publication is well underway of the first volumes of the complete Sidonius Commentary. Look here for an overview of the series.

Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. More on this here.
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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Sidonius on Claudianus Mamertus
Jerzy Styka analyses Sidonius’ portrayal of Claudianus Mamertus. see Recent 2014
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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.
Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire
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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New from Luciana Furbetta
After an article on the recommend- ation letter, Luciana Furbetta has now published on the representation of power in Sidonius. see News
Prize-winning obscuritas
Raphael Schwitter’s book Umbrosa lux, on obscuritas as an artistic virtue in late-antique epistolography, has come out. It has been awarded the Mommsen- Gesellschaft Bruno Snell- Prize 2015. read more
Incontri Triestini 6
Volume 6 of Incontri Triestini features, among other pieces, Stefania Santelia on the Laus Narbonae in Carm. 23 and Étienne Wolff on Martial in Late Antiquity. see Recent  2015
 Marek Babic published a Slovak  translation of Sidonius’ description  of his Aydat villa, with an introduction.  see Recent 2015  
A Slovak Translation of Ep. 2.2
Étienne Wolff offers a new article on the epigraphic poems in Sidonius’ correspondence. see Recent 2014  
Sidonius and the Epigram
Into Spanish Verse Jesús Hernández Lobato has put out the first ever translation of Sidonius’ poetry into Spanish verse. To the catalogue
The Ideal Bishop
Eduard Manukyan has published an article on the ‘episcopus bonus’, the image of the ideal bishop as represented in Sidonius’ correspondence. see Recent 2015
Book 5 Tackled
Ilenia Giulietti obtained her doctorate with a commentary on the first part of Epistulae Book 5. see News and SAxxi
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
Reception Do not miss the recent additions to the Reception page. Further suggestions are welcome. The reception of Sidonius is going to be one of the important themes of the multi-author volume in the making, Prolegomena to Sidonius Apollinaris.
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