Writing to Survive 2

Writing to Survive, Volume 2

A Commentary on Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters Book 7. The Ascetic Letters 12-18

by Johannes A. van Waarden. LAHR 14, Leuven: Peeters, 2016.

This is the latest publication to date in the Leverhulme-funded ‘Sidonius Apollinaris for the Twenty-First Century’ project.
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... numquam me toleraturum animi servitutem ... that I will never tolerate mental servility

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Asceticism, and the antidote it offers to contemporary secular disappointments in fifth-century Gaul, is the central theme in the second part of Book 7 of Sidonius Apollinaris’ correspondence. Addressing a state of ferment in which the closely-knit Gallo-Roman elite is shifting its moral and religious parameters along with its political certainties, these letters only reveal their full significance - this commentary claims - when read as ascetic documents mirroring the mentality of the monks of Lérins. This second volume of Writing to Survive follows the first (LAHR 2) in scope and method, providing detailed philological underpinning as well as a wealth of thematic research. Together, these two volumes constitute an important contribution towards the comprehensive range of commentaries on Sidonius' work planned by the ‘Sidonius Apollinaris for the Twenty-First Century’ project for publication in the LAHR series. Like its companion volume, this work will be of interest to classicists and medievalists, to literary scholars and church historians, to those concerned with philological and historical intricacies and those interested in the broader development of literature and mentalities in Late Antiquity.
Page 6 Footnote 10: Add Mathisen 1981 to literature. Page 47 Line 16 from bottom: ‘p. 210’ should be ‘p. 610’. Pages 55 and 62-64 For Syagrius, the addressee of Letters 5.5 and 8.8 (PLRE 2, Syagrius 3), see Angela Frauenhuber, ‘Kontinuität und Wandel. Karrieren und Lebensbilder im Gallien des 5. Jahrhunderts. Betrachtungen zu zwei Briefen des Sidonius Apollinaris an Syagrius’, Diomedes 4 (2007) 11-21. Page 89 Lemma suae … auctorem: ‘Suae = eius’ is incorrect: suae is reflexive. Page 97 Line 8 from bottom: voluptuosius. Pages 160-61 Lemma barbaros vitas …: Cf. 5.13.4 in summa, de Seronato vis accipere quid sentiam? ceteri affligi per suprascriptum damno verentur, mihi latronis et beneficia suspecta sunt. Pages 183-85 On gifts of clothing, see Nikki K. Rollason, Gifts of Clothing in Late Antique Literature, Abingdon: Routledge, 2016, esp. 129-69 for holy habits. Page 200 As to Volusianus’ estates in Bayeux, add VVigoris 5, AASS Nov. 1, 300 praedia Baiocassina. Page 222 On Abraham’s epitaph and the representation of afterlife, see also Jutta Dresken-Weiland, ‘Vorstellungen von Tod und Jenseits in den frühchristlichen Grabinschriften der Oikumene’, AnTard 15 (2007) 285-302, esp. 292. Pages 237-38 Lemma lanigero de sue, add to bibliography: Paul Vallette, ‘Isidore de Séville et la fondation de Milan’, Mélanges d'histoire et de littérature offerts à Ch. Gilliard à l'occasion de son soixante-cinquième anniversaire, Lausanne: Rouge, 1944, 93-102. (Le porc lanigère que soit Claudien, Épithalame d'Honorius et de Marie (fille de Stilichon) 183- 185, soit Sidoine Apollinaire, Epist. VII,17,2,19, associent à la légende des origines de Milan semble de date relativement récente. Chez Isidore, Etym. XV,1,57, il sert à expliquer l'élément -lanum dans le nom de Mediolanum. Or la brève notice qu'Isidore consacre à la fondation de la ville contient plusieurs vers. On est donc fondé à admettre l'existence, entre le milieu du IV e  siècle et l'époque où furent composées les Étymologies, d'un écrit anonyme, en vers décadents, sorte de catalogue ou de mémento étymologique des villes illustres. Cet opuscule a dû servir de source à Isidore, à titre subsidiaire. - Source APh) Pages 245-47 Lemma statuta Lirinensium patrum vel Grinincensium: The identification of Grinincensis with Grigny has sometimes been rejected; it was supposed instead to refer to the district of Vienne on the opposing bank of the Rhône where St Ferreolus’ church stood. The identification with Grigny is reestablished, however, by Laurent Ripart, ‘De Lérins à Agaune: Le monachisme rhodanien reconsidéré’, in Monachesimi d’oriente e d’occidente nell’Alto Medioevo, Spoleto: CISAM, 2017, 123-92, esp. 154-57. Bibliography Add: Matheus C. Figuinha, ‘Monges sob o manto de generais: aristocracia imperial galo-romana e monasticismo nas obras de Sidônio Apolinário’, Classica 28 (2015) 47-64.

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