Read Franca Ela Consolino’s review article of Jesús Hernández Lobato, Vel Apolline muto, El Humanismo que no fue, and Sidonio Apolinar Poemas, from Recent 2017. 28 December 2017

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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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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.

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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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Francesco Montone has written an appraisal of Book 2 of the correspondence for Salternum. See Recent 2017. 6 December 2017
Correspondence Book 2
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
Consolino on Hernández Lobato
Carole Newlands writes about Sidonius’ reception of Statius’ Silvae against the foil of the Thebaid, in particular in Carm. 22. See Recent 2017. 21 January 2018
Sidonius and Statius
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’

‘Erasing Victor’

Gavin Kelly has contributed a new post to the

Edinburgh ‘Sidonius in Antiquity and Modernity’ blog: ‘Erasing Victor: Sidonius, Manuscripts, and Prosopography’. Read it here. Previous blogposts include: Joop van Waarden, ‘Sidonius Edifies German Nuns’ Gavin Kelly, ‘Vichy and the Visigoths’ Paul Barnaby, ‘Sidonius in Clubland’.

Avitus, Majorian, Anthemius

The latest issue of Antiquité Tardive (25, 2017)

is about "Imperial Presence in Late Antique

Rome". Two articles have a lot to say about

Avitus, Majorian, and Anthemius, the

(dis)advantages of their presence in Rome

(McEvoy) and the prospering of senatorial

careers (Salzman).

On line here.

Italian Academia

Recent fruits of Italian academia include Fabiana

Nudda’s commentary on the poems accompanying

the Panegyrics, Ilenia Giulietti’s commentary

on Ep. 5.1-13, and Piergiuseppe Battaglia’s

discussion of the Panegyric on Avitus. All of them

for download on this website.