Month: September 2021

Wolff on the Rogations

Étienne Wolff has written a contribution to the Festschrift for Prof. Guittard on the Rogations ceremony (Sidon. Ep. 5.14, 7.1): ‘Quelques remarques sur la lettre, V, 14 de Sidoine Apollinaire et les rogations’, in: Mathilde Simon and Étienne Wolff (eds), Operae pretium facimus. Mélanges en l’honneur de Charles Guittard, Collection Kubaba. Série antiquité, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2021, 759-65.

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Lyon in Texts

Just out the second, updated edition of Jean-Claude Decourt and Gérard Lucas, Lyon dans les textes grecs et latins. La géographie et l’histoire de Lugdunum, de la fondation de la colonie à l’occupation burgonde (43 avant - 460 après J.-C.), Histoire & Épigraphie 2, Lyon: MOM Éditions, 2021.

Read on OpenEdition.

Texts from Sidonius (Ep. 1.5.2, 1.8.1-2, 2.10.2-4, 5.17.3-6, 9.3.5; Carm. 5.571-86, 13.19-25) on pp. 398-424.

Fascione’s Concatenantur Summarised

Organised by Sara Fascione, the international conference Concatenantur sibi epistulae nostrae took place online on 23-24 September. Its proceedings will be published in the near future.
Sara summarised the results as follows:

Leitmotif of the conference has been the attempt to understand to what extent arrangement criteria are a relevant element to consider when reading a letter collection.

We saw that the concept of a letter collection itself is very fluid and that the types of arrangement criteria are numerous, and cannot always be classified. The fact that over half of the extant letter collections has no single and largely stable order in the manuscript tradition should always be considered when trying to find ordering patterns. Another element to take into account, as has emerged from the discussion, is the reader’s involvement in creating meaning when approaching a text. Any reading aiming at identifying an internal narrative, a logic in the progression of the letters, has a certain degree of subjectivity.

Nevertheless, the authors, or the editors, of the collections under consideration clearly evince the effort of creating consistency through different strategies. I think we have shown in the last two days that, even if the concepts of intentionality or authoriality still challenge scholars dealing with epistolography, arrangement in any form is used by authors or editors to make the collections into consistent wholes. Letters are really interlaced, as Ambrose’s statement on the ‘concatenatio’ lets infer; it is our task, as modern readers, to understand how.

Stumbling Texts to Start

Lector, quas patieris hic salebras!
The Stumbling Texts (and Stumbling Readers) of Late Latin Poetry

Basel, 30th Sept. – 2nd Oct. 2021,
organised by Ann-Kathrin Stähle, Markus Kersten, Christian Guerra, Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer

Further information can be found here:

Those interested in participating (online) are asked to contact


Christiane Reitz (Rostock/Berlin): Reading – what and why? Some reflections on progress, deterioration and evaluation of ancient literature

Claudia Schindler (Hamburg): Quoting quotations: Multi-layer intertextuality in late antique poetry

Aaron Pelttari (Edinburgh): Chapters, Headings, and Tables of Contents in Later Latin Literature

Luciana Furbetta (Trieste): Legere and/or tegere? Reflections on a ‘key question’ for the Late Antique Author and his Readers

Joshua Hartmann (Brunswick, ME): Memory and the Purpose of Poetry in Late Antique Paratexts

Andreas Abele (Tübingen): Elaboratam soloci filo accipe cantilenam. The ‘Preface’ of Symmachus’ Letter Collection

Annick Stoehr-Monjou (Clermont): How to conclude? A poetics of contrast and paradox in Sid. Epist. IX,13-16

Scott McGill (Houston, TX): Revising Rewriting: Eudocia, the Cento, and Distributed Authorship

Jesús Hernández Lobato (Salamanca): Adstipulatio veri: Language and Reality in Ennodius of Pavia

Etienne Wolff (Paris): Le discours d’Ausone sur son œuvre

Florence Garambois-Vasquez (St. Etienne): Les lettres préfacielles d’Ausone, paratexte paradigme ou paratexte parasite?

Brian P. Sowers (Brooklyn, NY): Everyone’s a Critic: Ausonius on His Coterie and Its Etiquette

Claire Pryor (Sydney): Intertextuality, metapoetics, and the development of an “ascetic sublime” in Paulinus of Nola’s Letters to Ausonius and Amandus

Christopher Poms (Graz): Quas rudi latinitate compositas elegis sum explicare conatus: The disparaging assessments, topical modesty, and ‘awkward’ intertextuality in Avianus

Adrien Bresson (Lyon): Claudian’s Carmina minora: a collection of short pieces by a stumbling poet?

Raphael Schwitter (Bonn): The politics of rusticitas in late antique hagiography

Enno Friedrich (Graz/Erfurt): Venantius Fortunatus’s vecors otium in his letter to Bishop Syagrius

Elena Castelnuovo (Milano): De modicis minimus: Venantius Fortunatus and the value of his Life of Saint Martin

The Deserts of the West

Laurent Ripart has written a comprehensive study of the earliest monasteries of South-Eastern Gaul including the islands along the coasts of Tuscany, Liguria (Gallinaria) and Provence (Lérins), in Arles, the Rhône valley, and the Jura (Agaune): Les déserts de l’Occident. Genèse des lieux monastiques dans le sud-est de la Gaule (fin IVe – milieu VIe siècle).

Read further in the publisher’s catalogue.

New Late Antiquity: Intellectual Portraits

Clifford Ando and Marco Formisano have edited The New Late Antiquity: A Gallery of Intellectual Portraits, including chapters on Alföldi, Auerbach, Brown, Alan Cameron, Averil Cameron, Chadwick, Chastagnol, Courcelle, Cracco Ruggini, Cumont, Duval, Fontaine, Von Harnack, Herzog, Kantorowicz, Kondakov, L’Orange, Lepelley, MacCormack, Marrou, Mazzarino, Mommsen, Momigliano, Paschoud, Pigulevkaya, Riegel, Seeck, Stein, Strzygowski, Syme, Thompson, and Volterra.

Here goes to the catalogue