Eduard Manukyan (Ivanovo University) has reviewed New Approaches for Вестник древней истории / Journal of Ancient History (see his Academia page). 29 June 2018

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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 Christian Lütjohann'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 2018.
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Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire

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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.
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


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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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Beatrice Girotti (Bologna) examines reality and its distortion in Sidonius’ Panegyrics. See Recent 2017. 23 April 2018
Reality and Distortion in Panegyrics
Silvia Condorelli detects a motif of birdsong from Apuleius’ Florida in Sidonius’ Ep. 9.2. See Recent  2017. 22 March 2018
Birdsong in Apuleius and Sidonius
Review of New Approaches
Camille Bonnan-Garçon writes about Sidonius’ positive attitude towards Theodoric, letters taking over the encomiastic role from panegyrics. See Recent 2018. 4 August 2018
Sidonius and Theodoric
Gereon Becht-Jördens studies Ragnahilda’s silver basin from Ep. 4.8 and the importance of materiality for the powerless. See Recent 2017. 31 January 2018
Ragnahilda’s Basin
Read Luciana Furbetta and Marie-France Guipponi- Gineste in two articles on playfulness and ‘little’ in Sidonius’ epigrams. See Recent 2018. 2 February 2018
La rhétorique du ‘petit’

Transformations of Romanness

Edited by Walter Pohl and others, a multi-author

volume on Romanness in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages has come out: Transformations of Romanness. Ralph Mathisen contributes a chapter on Gaul: ‘“Roman” Identity in Late Antiquity, with Special Attention to Gaul’.

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Two Doctoral Dissertations

Camille Bonnan-Garçon got her doctorate in Lyon

with ‘L’épigramme et la lettre d’Ausone à Ennode

de Pavie’. Veronika Egetenmeyer is to defend her

dissertation in Kiel: ‘Die Konstruktion des

“Anderen”: Barbarenbilder in den Briefen des

Sidonius Apollinaris’.

Camille Bonnan-Garçon

Inaugural Gavin Kelly

Gavin Kelly will deliver his Inaugural Lecture as

Professor of Latin Literature and Roman History,

entitled ‘Late Roman History and Latin Philology’. 

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, Edinburgh.

Date: 25 September, 5:15 pm.

All are welcome and to the drinks reception after.

Please reserve free tickets here.  

Lo specchio del modello

Anita Di Stefano and Marco Onorato are organizing

an international Sidonius conference on inter-

textual horizons and reception in Messina,

4-5 October. Look for further information on the

new Sidonius website,

Sidonius for Creative Writing

A brand-new historical novel on Sidonius is

forthcoming. Annabelle Grierson (Auckland) got her

Creative Writing Master degree with a novel with

Sidonius among its protagonists. Read further


Hungarian Translation

Hungary’s most prominent Sidonius scholar,

Ágnes Horváth (Szeged), has kindly revised her

translation of Letters Books 4 and 7 for publication

on the Sidonius website,


As of 3 September 2018, this website is no longer

updated. It has a modern successor, with the same

trusted content, but relying on state-of-the-art technology.

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