Author: custos

Eleonora Recupero Porcino and the Letters: A Digital Edition

Eleonora Recupero Porcino has received an innovation grant to create a digital so-called “linked open data” edition of Sidonius’ Letters as her PhD thesis, supervised by Holger Essler, Luca Mondin and Marco Onorato, at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in partnership with the Universities of Udine and Trieste.

Eleonora graduated in 2021 in Messina, supervised by Marco Onorato, in Tradizione classica e archeologia del Mediterraneo with a thesis titled “Tra scuola e poesia. La chreia come possibile matrice del Ludus septem sapientum di Ausonio”.

The title of her PhD project is “Linked open data ed ecdotica dei testi tardolatini: per un’edizione digitale dell’epistolario di Sidonio Apollinare”. The project aims to create a digital edition of the Letters provided with a wide variety of links to the apparatus criticus (with new collations) and to a full database of resources ranging from testimonia and manuscripts to linguistic problems at the level of individual letters. The reference text is to be Lütjohann’s 1887 MGH edition.

The ulterior aim is to facilitate a future new critical edition by making all relevant materials available at a glance in one place.

Eleonora can be contacted at eleonora.recupero AT

Reis on Identities and Frontiers

Gabriel Reis’ master thesis at the University of Santa Maria (Brasil) has been published. The book is titled Identitades e Fronteiras na Antiguidade Tardia and investigates power negotiations among Romans based in Gaul and Italy and Germanic people.

It is accessible via Academia.

Its genesis is within the research group of Prof. Semíramis Corsi Silva, Grupo de Estudos sobre o Mundo Antigo Mediterrânico GEMAM.

Ghent Launches Centre for Late Antiquity

On the 4th of October, Ghent University in to launch a Centre for Late Antiquity, comprising research in the fields of archaeology, history, linguistics and literature. The GCLA is set to offer a gateway for international scholars, senior as well as junior ones, wishing to collaborate or come to Ghent to work on Late Antiquity.

See website and the programme of the opening launch. All welcome, registration mandatory.

Urlacher-Becht Reviews the Companion

Céline Urlacher-Becht has written an extensive review of the Sidonius Companion in AnTard 29 (2021) 400-404:

– Il s’agit indéniablement d’un ouvrage de très grande qualité, extrêmement complet et à la présentation fort soignée, qui rendra d’utiles services à tous les antiquisants s’intéressant non seulement à l’œuvre de S., mais aussi à l’histoire et la littérature de l’Antiquité tardive en général.

– Loin d’être un simple ouvrage de synthèse offrant de riches panoramas, ses apports sont en effet nombreux: on pense notamment à la nouvelle prosopographie mise à disposition de la communauté scientifique ainsi qu’au recensement et classement des manuscrits complets de S.

– Par ailleurs, il s’agit d’un outil méthodologique précieux, offrant des clés d’analyse et des exemples de démarches scientifiques suceptibles d’être appliquées à d’autres œuvres tardo-antiques dans le cadre d’une étude autonome ou d’une démarche comparatiste.

– Que les éditeurs et les auteurs en soient vivement félicités!

Stover & Woudhuysen and Sidonius in the HA

In a new article on ‘The Poet Nemesianus and the Historia Augusta‘, centred on onomastics in the Life of Carus (JRS 2022, open access), Justin Stover and George Woudhuysen, in passing (fn. 4), advocate some renewed confidence in the hypothesis that Sidonius Apollinaris is reflected in the HA:

‘The argument of Domaszewski (Die Personennamen bei den Scriptores historiae Augustae, Heidelberg, 1918: 19, here), that Aurelius Apollinaris was inspired by Sidonius Apollinaris, who did write about the deeds of Carus (Carm. 23.88–96), has been treated with greater contempt than it perhaps deserves’.