Category: Review

Wahlgren-Smith Reviews the Companion

Lena Wahlgren-Smith (Southampton) published a review of the Companion in Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 8,2 (2022) 173-84, online here.

‘With the exception of material culture, this rich volume appears to cover almost every aspect of Sidonius’ life and oeuvre that a student of the period might look for. It not only represents an enormous advance in the understanding of this author, but also suggests ways in which other authors, in this and other periods, might profitably be approached. It will add greatly to the field of Sidonius studies and doubtless stimulate further exploration of the author, his genres, and his time.’

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!

Vessey Reviews the Companion

In Early Medieval Europe first view, there is a review of the Companion by Mark Vessey:

– impeccably edited
– a work of reference which in the clarity and density of its coverage of a relatively compact oeuvre achieves a comprehensiveness scarcely conceivable for more historically influential figures
– speak[s] eloquently both for our own time and for what its authors agree in seeing as its subject’s mode of existence in his
– Sidonius has got the Companion he deserved.

Bleckmann on Apollonius’ Vita

Bruno Bleckmann reconsiders Van Hoof and Van Nuffelen’s rejection of the translation of the Vita Apollonii (Ep. 8.3.1) for being a spurium, referring, among others, to Mülke 2008, 236-43, and Köhler 2014.

Bruno Bleckmann, ‘Eine Fragmentsammlung spätlateinischer Historiker’, review article of Van Hoof and Van Nuffelen 2020, Histos 16 (2022) I-XXIX, esp. II-IV.

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Müller Reviews Hanaghan

‘Insgesamt verdient es Hanaghans Studie, zu einem Standardwerk der Sidonius-Forschung zu werden’ is the conclusion of Gernot Michael Müller’s review of Michael Hanaghan’s 2019 monograph Reading Sidonius’ Epistles.

Published in Sehepunkte 21.5 (15 May 2021). Read here

Earlier reviews include van Waarden in Plekos 21 (2019) 308-309 and Neger in Gymnasium 126 (2019) 610-12.

Woudhuysen Reviews ODLA

Under the title ‘Codex Nicholsonianus’, George Woudhuysen writes a broad review article of Oliver Nicholson’s 2018 The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, ‘first port of call for anyone with a basic question’ on Late Antiquity, in the Journal of Roman Studies 111 (2021) 225-38, online here.