The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris
edited by Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020


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This is an excellent work which offers new perspectives on the life and writings of Sidonius Apollinaris. It will become the standard work on the fifth-century Gallic aristocrat, man of learning and bishop for many years to come.

Jan Willem Drijvers, University of Groningen

Kelly and van Waarden, world authorities on Sidonius, have assembled the latest cutting-edge international scholarship on Sidonius’ life, his context in late Roman literary culture, his manuscript tradition and the reception of his work. A central witness to the fall of Rome, Sidonius deserves a worthy Companion. This is it.

Jill Harries, University of St Andrews

The fruit of a decade of collaborative scholarship, this book will set the stage for a generation or more of research on Sidonius. It is a comprehensive set of original studies that cover the life, times, text, and reception of this lively aristocrat and bishop who survived the end of the western Roman Empire.

Aaron Pelttari, University of Edinburgh


Tabea Meurer in BMCR 2020.11.29; Sara Fascione in Plekos 8.12.2020; Chris Whitton in Greece & Rome 68 (2021) 120-28, on p. 123; Marco Onorato in BSL 51 (2021) 283-88; Fabio Gasti in Athenaeum 109 (2021) 301-303; Hendrik Hess in Historische Zeitschrift 312 (2021) 760-61; Paolo Mastandrea in CR 71 (2021) 424-27; Céline Urlacher-Becht in AnTard 29 (2021) 400-404; Raphael Schwitter in Gnomon 94 (2022) 270-73; Mark Vessey in EME 30 (2022) 484-86; Lena Walhgren-Smith in Peregrinations: JMAA 8 (2022) 173-84; Roberto Alciati in Annali di storia dell’esegesi 39 (2022) 485-87.


A multidisciplinary survey of Sidonius Apollinaris and his works.

  • First ever comprehensive research tool for Sidonius Apollinaris
  • Assembles leading international specialists on Sidonius and his age
  • Offers an assessment of past and current research in the field
  • Comprehensive bibliography includes all the scholarly literature on Sidonius
  • Supplemented by the regularly updated Sidonius website

Sidonius Apollinaris, c.430 – c.485, poet and letter-writer, aristocrat, administrator and bishop, is one of the most distinct voices to survive from Late Antiquity and an eyewitness of the end of Roman power in the west.

The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris is the first work of its kind, giving a full account of all aspects of his life and works and surveying past and current scholarship as well as new developments in research. This substantial and significant work of scholarship is divided into six thematic sections covering his social, political, linguistic, literary and prosopographical context as well as extensive new scholarship on the manuscript tradition and history of reception.

This interdisciplinary book combines the utility of a key research tool for the study of Sidonius with a significant offering of wholly new scholarly research.


Kelly, Gavin, and Joop van Waarden, ‘Introduction’, 1-9

Part I Sidonius’ Life, the Characters in his Work, and its Dating

1. van Waarden, Joop, ‘Sidonius’ Biography in Photo Negative’, 13-28

2. Mathisen, Ralph W., ‘Sidonius’ People’, 29-75

—–, ‘A Prosopography of Sidonius’, 76-154

—–, ‘Sidonius’ Places: A Geographical Appendix’, 155-65

3. Kelly, Gavin, ‘Dating the Works of Sidonius’, 166-94

Part II Sidonius in his Political, Social, and Religious Context

4. Kulikowski, Michael, ‘Sidonius’ Political World’, 197-213

5. Mratschek, Sigrid, ‘Sidonius’ Social World’, 214-36

6. Mratschek, Sigrid, ‘Creating Culture and Presenting the Self in Sidonius’, 237-60

7. Bailey, Lisa K., ‘Sidonius and Religion’, 261-75

Part III Sidonius’ Work in its Literary Context

8. Gualandri, Isabella, ‘Sidonius’ Intertextuality’, 279-316

9. Stoehr-Monjou, Annick, ‘Sidonius’ Panegyrics’, 317-40

10. Consolino, Franca Ela, ‘Sidonius’ Shorter Poems’, 341-72

11. Gibson, Roy, ‘Sidonius’ Correspondence’, 373-92

Part IV Sidonius’ Language and Style

12. Wolff, Étienne, ‘Sidonius’ Vocabulary, Syntax, and Style’, 395-417

13. van Waarden, Joop, ‘”You” and “I” in Sidonius’ Correspondence’, 418-39

14. Condorelli, Silvia, ‘Metrics in Sidonius’, 440-61

15. van Waarden, Joop, and Gavin Kelly, ‘Prose Rhythm in Sidonius’, 462-75

Part V The Manuscript Tradition and the History of Scholarship

16. Dolveck, Franz, ‘The Manuscript Tradition of Sidonius’, 479-507

—–, ‘A Census of the Manuscripts of Sidonius’, 508-42

17. Furbetta, Luciana, ‘Sidonius Scholarship: Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries’, 543-63

18. Condorelli, Silvia, ‘Sidonius Scholarship: Twentieth to Twenty-First Centuries’, 564-617

19. Green, Roger, ‘Translating Sidonius’, 618-27

Part VI Readers of Sidonius from Antiquity to the Present

20. Mathisen, Ralph W., ‘Sidonius’ Earliest Reception and Distribution’, 631-42

21. Chronopoulos, Tina, ‘Glossing Sidonius in the Middle Ages’, 643-64

22. Hernández Lobato, Jesús, ‘Sidonius in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’, 665-85

23. van Waarden, Joop, ‘Sidonius Reception: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries’, 686-704

24. Giannotti, Filomena, ‘Sidonius Reception: Late Nineteenth to Twenty-First Centuries’, 705-29

Kelly, Gavin, and Joop van Waarden, ‘Epilogue: Future Approaches to Sidonius’, 730-36

Bibliography, 737-96