Category: Blogpost

Liccardo on the Heruli

Salvatore Liccardo made a blogpost ‘Identical Strangers: The History of the Heruli Between the 3rd and the 5th Century’, ÖAW 12 October 2021. It is part of the project Visualizing Semantic Landscapes in Early Medieval Europe (MMP), coordinated by Walter Pohl and Veronika Wieser.

To the passage mentioned by the author (Carm. 34.31 in Ep. 8.9.6 to Lampridius: hic glaucis Herulus genis vagatur) one can add Carm. 7.235-6 vincitur illic / cursu Herulus, Chunus iaculis Francusque natatu.

Sagittarius or Syagrius in Ep. 2.4?

Gavin Kelly published a blogpost titled ‘A textual and onomastic problem in Sidonius’:

In modern editions, Sidonius’ letter 2.4 is addressed to an otherwise unknown Sagittarius, who is asked to accept the friendship of Sidonius’ protégé Proiectus (also otherwise unknown) as the latter seeks to make an advantageous marriage with a girl of good family for whom Sidonius’ addressee has some sort of role of guardianship following her father’s death. But editions up to that of Lütjohann in 1887 had the letter addressed not Sidonius Sagittario suo salutem but Sidonius Syagrio suo salutem. Syagrius (or to be precise Siagrius) is the reading of the family of manuscripts from which the first edition of 1474 derived. Sagit(t)arius appeared in the majority of the manuscripts picked out by Lütjohann.

How to weigh up the contradictory evidence of the manuscripts?

Read on in Gavin’s blog