Thanks to Jeffrey Murray, Head of Classics at the University of Cape Town, a hitherto unkown South-African paper on Latin letter-writing and Sidonius from c. 1930 by the then President of the Classical Association of South Africa, William Ritchie, has come to our notice.
Download it from this website, page Bibliography 1900-1999, year 1931.
In 2017, at the 39th Yearly Conference of the Association pour l’Antiquité Tardive in Clermont-Ferrand, Patrice Montzamir gave a paper ‘Du nouveau sur l’épitaphe attribuée à Sidoine Apollinaire’. It is now available for download from the HAL repository.
Elena Litovchenko, Nikolay Bolgov and others gave a paper at a conference of applied linguistics in St Petersburg last July, entitled ‘Sidonius Apollinaris as a Flexible Thinking Person of Fifth-Century Gaul’. It is now available online.
The 2018 instalment of Invigilata Lucernis is now available. It features articles, among others, derived from the international ‘Prospettive sidoniane’ seminar (Bari 2017) by Sara Fascione, Marisa Squillante, Annick Stoehr-Monjou, Joop van Waarden, and Étienne Wolff.
Scott Kennedy has authored an article entitled ‘Winter is Coming: The Barbarization of Roman Leaders in Imperial Panegyric from A.D. 446-68’ in CQ June 2019 online
Buongiorno, Pierangelo, ‘Ex vetere senatusconsulto Tiberiano. Nota in margine a Sid. ep. 1.7.12′, in Emmanuelle Chevreau et al. (eds), Liber amicorum. Mélanges en l’honneur de Jean-Pierre Coriat, Paris, 2019, 65-72.
By ascribing to Tiberius a law that was only promulgated much later by Theodosius, conceding a longer lease of life to people on death row, Sidonius plausibly wanted to lend greater authority to this law in favour of Arvandus.
Sidonius’ famous motto “Well aware that one’s thoughts are exposed in a letter collection like a face in a mirror” guides Luciana Furbetta’s recently published article (going back to a 2014 conference) on the concept of a letter as a mirror of self in his correspondence.
See the website Bibliography, tab 2018.
In Vichiana 56-1, 33-60, Francesco Montone just published: ‘Il Panegirico ad Antemio di Sidonio Apollinare: metapoetica e intratestualità’.
Read abstract: MONTONE IL PANEGIRICO AD ANTEMIO 2019
Claudia Schindler writes about the catalogue of poets in Carm. 9 as compared to similar catalogues in Ovid and Manilius: ‘Macht und Übermacht der Tradition. Dichterkataloge in der lateinischen Literatur von Ovid bis Sidonius’. More in Bibliography 2018.
Catalogues introducing poets and their works are widespread in Roman literature. By mentioning a poetic predecessor the author of the catalogue places himself in the respective literary tradition. My contribution analyses three poetic catalogues from the Early Empire (Ov. Am. 1.15 and Manil. 2.1-52) and Late Antiquity (Sidon. Carm. 9) with a focus on the role of the self-referential author. The study shows that the (youthful) first person narrator of Ovid’s Amores is very confident in his own poetic ability and thus his position among his literary predecessors. The purpose of the catalogue is twofold: the author attempts to highlight his own poetic prowess and argues for poetic immortality in a long line of meticulous scientific arguments. Manilius, on the other hand, justifies his claim to be the first astronomical-astrological poet by highlighting the novelty of his own poetic concept in comparison to the literary tradition. He demonstrates that his originality derives not so much from his choice of material, but the method employed and his capable intellectual penetration of the subject matter. The late antique poet Sidonius Apollinaris designs his catalogue as recusatio, and explicitly distances himself from the literary tradition, which the first-person narrator perceives to be overwhelming and suppressive. The conflict between the self-fashioning and the highly learned poetry of Sidonius creates a paradox, which the recipient is challenged to identify. The three catalogues studied here represent a paradigm shift that transforms the literary tradition from an opportunity in Ovid and Manilius to an overpowering, incontestable concept in Sidonius, with which he nonetheless copes in his poetry.
In a themed issue
on Latin epistolography in honour of Eleanor Leach, Peter White writes on ‘Senatorial Epistolography from Cicero to Sidonius: Emergence of a Genre’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 61 (2018) 7-21.
Abstract. Although Cicero’s letter collections were known and read throughout antiquity, traces of his influence
on the style of later letter writers and on the organization of their epistolary collections seem to diminish steadily.
What remains constant in the extant collections of Cicero, Pliny, Fronto, Symmachus, and Sidonius is the large
number of correspondents represented, the preponderance of letters from the period of the writer’s highest prestige,
and the subject matter of the letters published, which highlights the familial and wider social connections of the
writers and their political, financial, and literary interests. All five collections project the ethos and values of a