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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 2016.
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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
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
Analyzing Letter 9.1
Silvia Condorelli has written an analysis of Ep. 9.1, published in the second issue of BSL 2015. see Recent 2015

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Présence de Sidoine


The comprehensive volume of essays Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire, edited by Rémy Poignault and Annick Stoehr-Monjou, has come out.
Stefania Filosini’s commentary on the Epithalamium for Ruricius and Hiberia has come out.

Epithalamium for Ruricius

and Hiberia

El Humanismo que no fue

Jesús Hernández Lobato has written a book on the reception of Sidonius in the Renaissance: El Humanismo que no fue. Sidonio Apolinar en el Renacimiento.
Helga Köhler has made the first complete translation of Sidonius’ letters into German: C. Sollius 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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Mratschek on the Letters
Sigrid Mratschek writes about Sidonius’ letters in C. Sogno et al. (eds), Late Antique Letter Collections. see Recent 2016
Francesco Montone analyzes Rici- mer’s role in the Panegyric on Anthe- mius. see Recent 2015  
Ricimer in the Panegyric
Mascoli Translates Letters
Patrizia Mascoli has put out a translation of twenty-six of Sidonius’ letters to friends. For a list and for orders, see Recent 2016 
Variety in Carm. 11 and 23
Marco Onorato publishes two articles on the function of variety, in Carm. 11 and 23 respectively. see Recent 2016
Looking Eastwards
Lynton Boshoff has written on the ‘Regina Orientis’ in Carmen 2, in a volume addressing the concept of cities and peripheries. see Recent 2016
Sidonius Blog
Featured on the new ‘Sidonius in Antiquity and Modernity’ blog: - Joop van Waarden, ‘Sidonius Edifies German Nuns’ - Gavin Kelly, ‘Vichy and the Visigoths’ - Paul Barnaby, ‘Sidonius in Clubland’
Is This St Abraham’s Well?
These are the remains of what may have been the well of St Abraham’s monastery, now in the courtyard of the Saint-Cirgues apartment building in Clermont-Ferrand. Read on in
To commemorate St Sidonius’ day, Joop van Waarden has written a blogpost on a rococo portrait of the saint and its pedigree. It takes you all the way from Augsburg nuns to a Napolitan Jesuit. Read it here.
23 August, St Sidonius Apollinaris
Gaul between imperium and regna
At the University of Bonn, a new project, ‘Gaul between imperium and regna’, coordinated by Matthias Becher and Hendrik Hess, is to integrate readings of the correspondences of Sidonius Apollinaris, Ruricius of Limoges, and Avitus of Vienne. It will apply the concept of contingency as an alternative to the controversial models of decline, continuity, and transformation.  Look here.
Ancient Letter Collections Project
A project at Manchester on Ancient Letter Collections, co-ordinated by Roy Gibson and Andrew Morrison, sets itself the task of establishing the study of ancient letter collections as a discrete and unified field. Read here.