Eduard Manukyan (Ivanovo University) has reviewed New Approaches forВестник древней истории / Journal of Ancient History (see his Academia page).29 June 2018
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 moreMirrorThis website is progressively archived by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, OPACplus Normnummer ALS89495. Most recent copy mirrored as of 4 January 2018.
... 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.
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 Recent2017.22 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
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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
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’
Focus on Anthemius
At the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Fabrizio
Oppedisano is running a project on the emperor
Anthemius. On 8 June, a symposium was held
on the subject (see flyer). The project also includes
a translation and commentary of Sidonius’
Panegyric (Carm. 1-2), to be published next year.
The Latest on Late Epistolography
Edited by Gernot Michael Müller, a multi-author
volume on Latin epistolography in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages has come out: ZwischenAlltagskommunikation und literarischer Identitäts-bildung. Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser contributes achapter on Sidonius: ‘Vom Epulonenschmaus zumFest der Worte’.
volume on Romanness in Late Antiquity and theearly Middle Ages has come out: Transformations ofRomanness. Ralph Mathisen contributes achapter on Gaul: ‘“Roman” Identity in LateAntiquity, with Special Attention to Gaul’.