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 moreMirrorThis website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 4 January 2017.
... numquam me toleraturum animi servitutem ... that I will never tolerate mental servility
The comprehensive volume of essays Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire, edited by Rémy Poignault and Annick Stoehr-Monjou, has come out.
Marco Onorato’s book investigates Sidonius’ poetic technique, how he borrows elements from tradition and fits them into complex new structures.
Il castone e la gemma
Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius. Die Briefe.
Apollinaris Sidonius: Die
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.
Latest in Lexis
Writing to Survive complete
Fruit of the SAxxi project, Joop van Waarden’s second volume of commentary on Book 7 of the correspondence, Writing to Survive, has come out. Read on here.
Letters Book 6 Translated
Francesco Montone has translated the letters of Book 6 into Italian as part of an article on this Book. See Bibliography Recent 2016.
Poetics of Late Latin Literature
Spearheading the year 2017, this volume ofcommissioned essays, edited by Jaś Elsner and Jesús Hernández Lobato, ‘offers, for the first time, a comprehensive account of the formal, aesthetic, and religious transformations of ancient poetics in Late Antiquity’. Read more.
The latest issue of Lexis (#34, 2016) features articles by Alessandro Franzoi on vicus Helena in Carm. 5, and by Stefania Santelia on Sidonius’ stance in the debate on education in Carm. 23. See Bibliography Recent 2016.
Sidonius and Divination
Dominique Briquel writes on divination in Sidonius in a volume on reminiscences of the Etrusca disciplinain the fifth century. See BibliographyRecent 2016.
Poetry in Prose
Margot Neger (Salzburg) has started a projectentitled ‘Embedded Poems in Ancient ProseLetters’. Read a short description or ask forinformation.
On Queen Ragnahild’s bowl, text and image: Sean Leatherbury, ‘Writing (and Reading) Silver with Sidonius’. See Recent 2017.
Étienne Wolff writes on Sidonius as a traveller in the latest instalment of Antiquité tardive. See Recent 2016.