At this year’s virtual Leeds International Medieval Congress, Sidonius will be addressed by Madeleine St. Marie, ‘A Bishop in Unstable Times: Conflict in the Letters of Sidonius Apollinaris’, and Richard Rush, ‘When the Rhône Boils: Literary Uses of Hot Summer Weather in Sidonius Apollinaris’s Epistula 2.2 and the Vita Apollinaris‘.
For details, see the Events post on this website.
From 17-20 March, Veronika Egetenmeyr and Tabea Meurer will be organizing the online conference ‘Gallia docta? Learning and its limitations in late antique Gaul / Gallia docta? Bildung (begrenzen) im spätantiken Gallien’ at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald. Webpage here.
The opening keynote speech ‘Sidonius’ kunstsinnige Muse’ will be given by Sigrid Mratschek. It can be freely accessed here.
Other speakers include Christine Delaplace, Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrich Eigler, Nikolas Hächler, Hendrik Hess, Angela Kinney, Alison John, Gernot Müller, Maik Patzelt, Raphael Schwitter, Danuta Shanzer, Christian Stadermann, Peter Van Nuffelen, Joop van Waarden, and Willum Westenholz.
2020 has been a year rich in Sidonius publications, second only to 2014: 81 individual pieces across articles, contributions to collective volumes (Lo specchio del modello, Leisure and the Muses, and the Companion), and related output. For comparison the distribution over the past decade (583 items in all):
In the new Anthologie bilingue de la poésie latine in the Pléiade series, Sidonius is represented with two fragments of the Panegyric to Avitus (Carm. 7, lines 20-50 and 118-55), the famous quip on the Burgundians (Carm. 12), and the classic Envoi (Carm. 24), in a translation by René Martin.
Philippe Jamet (–> Wikipedia), in his novel Le coucher du Tibre (Paris: Cylibris, 2000), imagines that Majorian wrote a visionary memoir, addressed to Sidonius Apollinaris and intended to perpetuate Rome’s grandeur in a new world.
(Thanks go to Prof. Étienne Wolff for signalling this.)
The Saint-Raymond museum in Toulouse this year presents an exposition “Wisigoths: Rois de Toulouse“.
It is accompanied by a virtual 360° visit online.
The museum has also published a catalogue: Laure Barthet and Claudine Jacquet (eds), Wisigoths: Rois de Toulouse, where, on pp. 116-20 Jean-Marie Pailler, Jean-Luc Boudartchouk and Patrice Montzamir discuss Sidonius and his (or his son’s?) epitaph in both its versions.
Next Monday, 30 November, St Andrew’s Day, Edinburgh University Press will be running their 24 hour 50% sale (0:00 am – 11:59 pm). Ever wanted to buy the Companion? This is your chance. At half price.
Filomena Giannotti has published ‘Litteras nosse: l’ep. 8, 2 di Sidonio Apollinare e l’importanza della cultura sotto i barbari’ in Pan. Rivista di Filologia Latina.
For details, see Bibliography, tab 2020
Impossible for a Roman to compose a poem with Germanic spoken around. Stefania Santelia compares ‘De conviviis barbaris’ from the Anthologia Latina with Sidon. Carm. 12 and Ennod. Epigr. 2.67.
See bibliography, tab 2020.
Judith Herrin devotes a brief chapter to Sidonius in her new book Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (p. 72-76).
See Princeton University Press