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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 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 more Mirror This website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 4 January 2017.
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Funding The SAxxi project has funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust during the years 2014-2017. More on this here.
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Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire
Micro Allusions

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Présence de Sidoine

Apollinaire

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

Briefe

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Umbrosa lux

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.
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Ragnahild’s Bowl
Sidonius Traveller

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.
Carm. 37 (Ep. 9.13.5)
Sidonius and Divination
Dominique Briquel writes on divination in Sidonius in a volume on reminiscences of the Etrusca disciplina  in the fifth century. See Bibliography  Recent 2016.

Poetry in Prose

Margot Neger (Salzburg) has started a project entitled ‘Embedded Poems in Ancient Prose Letters’. Read a short description or ask for information.
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.

Rome and the Visigoths

Christine Delaplace has written an innovative history of La fin de l’Empire romain d’Occident: Rome et les Wisigoths de 382 à 531.      ‘A grand accomplishment’      (Kulikowski in The Medieval Review)
Marco Onorato reconsiders Carm. 37 in BSL. See Recent 2017.

New for Old

The Sidonius website now goes systematically beyond 2000, providing new bibliography pages for older literature 1900-1999 and before 1900. Check out for yourself, and please note that suggestions are welcome.
Michael Hanaghan investigates ‘Micro Allusions to Pliny and Virgil in Sidonius’s Programmatic Epistles’. Look here
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