Saint Sidoine Apollinaire  taking care of the poor on a 1886 stained glass window in the cathedral of Clermont- Ferrand which represents the bishops of this town, executed by the glazier Félix Gaudin. © 2009 H. Hours
Saint Austremoine, Clermont’s first bishop, on the same window, a restoration dating to the beginning of the 20st century, also by Gaudin. In the Internet, this picture mistakenly circulates as Sidonius Apollinaris.
Lake Aydat on a cold January evening. One can imagine Sidonius’ Avitacum in the distance  ... © Ralph Mathisen
The lake at a contemplative moment in the spring of 2009. © Joop van Waarden
The church of Saint-Sidoine  in the village of Aydat. © Joop van Waarden
The saint on a stained glass window in this church. © Joop van Waarden
Baptistery of Riez, 12th century. This could be the place where Sidonius was baptized by bishop Faustus (Carm. 16.78-90).*) Source Archaeology in Europe
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... numquam me toleraturum animi servitutem ... that I will never tolerate mental servility

Baptismal font inside, 4th/5th century. 
Interior: rotunda. 
Interior: cupola.
Sidonius’ tombstone in the Musée Bargoin at Clermont-Ferrand. Further information here. © Joop van Waarden
Silver washing bowl, 5th century. museum of Vienne: a basin like the one for queen Ragnahilda described in Ep. 4.8.4-5. © Conchita Fernández
Similar shell-shaped motif in bath (?) / baptistery (?) next to Lugo cathedral, 5th century. © Conchita Fernández
Baptismal font, S a  María de Ludrio (Lugo), used as a washing basin until mid-20th century. © Conchita Fernández  
Stibadium (semi-circular dining couch) of a late Roman villa in Faragola (Puglia), like the one in Sidonius’ villa of Avitacum (Ep. 2.2.11). Source University of Foggia
Scrofa lanuta, the legendary hairy boar, connected with Milan's foundation and mentioned in Sidon. Carm. 33.20 (Ep. 7.17.2), is pictured in a relief of the town's Palazzo della ragione  (before 1162?).
Synthronos, bishop’s throne and seats for priests, in the 5th-century apse of S. Maria delle Grazie in Grado. Compare the arrangement as suggested in Ep. 7.9.2 for the cathedral of Bourges. Source Wikimedia Commons
Synthronos in the church of S. Vitale, Ravenna (6th century). Source Sacred Destinations
... and in Alciato’s Emblemata, no 2 (ed. Paris 1584). Source Glasgow University Source University of Mannheim  
In festo S. Sidonii Apollinaris  from a missal in the church of Notre-Dame at Orcival. © Joop van Waarden
Sidonius Mass at Orcival
Inscription on its wall: HIC SUNT DUO INNOCENTES ET SANCTUS SIDONIUS. © Père Igor
Ile Saint-Honorat, the southernmost island of the  Lérins group off Cannes. Here Honoratus ca. 410 founded the monastery whose policy and spirituality were to be a decisive factor in the Gaul of the likes of Sidonius. Source Abbaye de Lérins
Panorama of the Fourvière hill in Lyon. In the foreground the primatial church of Saint- Jean-Baptiste on the bank of the Saône, which was the site of bishop Patiens' new church for which Sidonius composed a verse inscription (Carm. 27 in  Ep. 2.10.4).
--- *) For a description of this baptistery, see Jean Guyon in Noël Duval et al., La topographie chrétienne des cités de la Gaule. Des origines à la fin du VIIe siècle. Choix de notices, Fasc. 1, Paris 1980: 108-109 [typoscript]. On pp. 113-114, a discussion (inconclusive) of the rival interpretations of Carm. 16.83-84: visit by Sidonius to Faustus’ mother (Tillemont); Faustus making Sidonius a member of the church by baptism (Loyen) or by having him take holy orders (Krusch); Sidonius entering Faustus’ church (Solomé) or a nunnery where Faustus’ mother lived (Griffe, Prinz).
Sidonius writing in the title miniature of the twelfth- century codex Laurentianus plut. 45, 26.
King Euric of the Visigoths, statue in the Plaza de Oriente, Madrid. © Joop van Waarden
Possible traces of the well in St Abraham’s monastery in the courtyard of Saint-Cirgues apartment building at Clermont-Ferrand. See Sidon. Ep. 7.17. Source
Excavations Saint-Julien de Brioude
Saint-Julien, Brioude. Source D. Martinez and D. Morel, ‘L’architecture religieuse de l’Auvergne’ (2012).
Open air sauna
Open air sauna, as at Sidon. Ep. 2.9.8-9. From Pietro da Eboli, De balneis Puteolanis (12th cent.). Source Arqueotoponimia 5 Dec. 2017.
St Julien's relics
Saint-Julien, Brioude. The saint’s shrine in the crypt of the present-day church. For the controversy concerning his relics, see Sidon. Ep. 7.1.7. © Joop van Waarden
The ‘Roma tibi …’ palindrome (Sidon. Ep. 9.14.4) combined with the ‘Rotas, arepo, …’ square on a terracotta fragment in the Museum of Aquincum. Source Aquincumi Múzeum
The Saint-Maurin grottos in the Gorges du Verdon, allegedly home to hermits and to Faustus of Riez in particular (Sidon. Carm. 16.92-94). Source Wikipedia
The Pont du Gard. Sidonius’ uncles Ferreolus and Apollinaris owned estates on opposite banks of the river Gard. Sidonius describes his visit to them in Ep. 2.9.

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