In Sara Fascione’s volume Reading Ancient Latin Letter Collections, Joop van Waarden contributes a chapter entitled ‘The proportions of Latin letter collections: A probe’ (pp. 61-74). This is a sequel to Gibson & Morrison’s chapter ‘Patterns of Arrangement in Greco-Roman Letter Collections’ in the same volume:
‘As Roy Gibson introduced the Ancient Letter Collections project at the conference and expounded his idea of the Augustan poetry book having been seminal for the proportions of Latin letter collections, it occurred to me that a detailed wordcount might finetune our insight into the parameters that mattered for the editors (the authors or later caretakers) of these collections.’
This chapter comes with a complete digital set of calculations and graphs. Download this set here.
Sara Fascione has published a volume of conference papers: Concatenantur sibi epistulae nostrae. Reading Ancient Latin Letter Collections (23-24 September 2021), Echo 38, Foggia: Il Castello Edizioni, 2022.
View the Introduction and ToC
Sidonius’ correspondence is among the collections analysed by Joop van Waarden in ‘The proportions of Latin letter collections: A probe’, pp. 61-74. Download the accompanying digital set of calculations and graphs.
Contemporary list of the books donated by William of St Calais, bishop of Durham (d. 1096), to the cathedral (contributed to Twitter by @red_loeb, 5 Feb. 2023, signalled by Gavin Kelly [screenshot]). At two thirds: ‘Sidonius Sollius panigericus’.
Authors, Addressees, and Audiences in Roman Letters
University of Edinburgh
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Monday, 20th February 2023
This conference focuses on Roman letters from Cicero to Sidonius, and on the relationship of author, addressee, and audience. Each speaker will introduce either an individual letter or a small dossier of related letters for discussion.
This is an in-person event. Outside participants are very welcome to join us in Edinburgh, but please register with Giulia Marolla so we can distribute texts in advance and can plan catering.
Organising committee: Gavin Kelly, Giulia Marolla, Janja Soldo, and Joop van Waarden. Speakers include Roy Gibson, Gavin Kelly, Alison John, Laura Losito, Giulia Marolla, Andrew Morrison, Janja Soldo, Joop van Waarden, Willum Westenholz, and Matthijs Zoeter.
Download programme here
Luciana Furbetta contributed the entry ‘Sidoine Apollinaire’ to Céline Urlacher-Becht’s Dictionnaire de l’épigramme littéraire, pp. 1365-70.
The Classics Department of Edinburgh University has announced its research seminars for the first half of 2023. For Sidonius and late antique Gaul they include:
Wednesday 8 Feb, 5.10, Teviot Lecture Theatre
Giulia Marolla (Bari) Four Burgundian kings in fifth-century Gaul? The case of Sidonius Ep. 5.7.
Thursday 18 May, 2.10, Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre
Adrastos Omissi (Glasgow) Late Roman Italy, late Roman Gaul: their strategic and geographic relationship
These are hybrid lectures. Please contact Dr Ben Harriman (Benjamin.Harriman [at] ed.ac.uk) for the link; please also contact him if you wish to be added to the seminar mailing list.
Seminar organisers: Ben Harriman, Gavin Kelly
Now out, edited by Céline Urlacher-Becht, Dictionnaire de l’épigramme littéraire dans l’Antiquité grecque et romaine, 2 vols A-H, I-Z, Turnhout: Brepols, 2023.
A comprehensive topographical atlas of ancient Clermont has come out: Hélène Dartevelle (ed.), Augustonemetum. Atlas topographique de Clermont-Ferrand, 2 vols, Gollion: Infolio, 2022.
Announced by the French Ministère de la Culture: ‘La publication présente la ville antique de Clermont-Ferrand, Augustonemetum, capitale gallo-romaine des Arvernes: son organisation spatiale, sa genèse et son évolution de la fin du Ier av. J.-C. au Ve ap. J.-C.’
In catalogue of publishing house Infolio here
Elena Litovchenko has published an article on ‘Captatio benevolentiae in late antique epistolography as a means of preserving communication of the intellectual elite’ (Perm University Bulletin 59/4 (2022) 11-17).
Roberto Alciati reviews the Companion in Annali di storia dell’esegesi 39 (2022) 485-87.
‘… un imponente volume di più di ottocento pagine e ventiquattro contributi, molti dei quali destinati a diventare testi di riferimento per la ricerca sidoniana, e più in generale per la storia della Gallia tardoantica.’