One can argue about dates and periods, but there is nothing like a good anniversary – for instance, in Toulouse. So here goes the 1.600th anniversary of the foundation of the Visigothic Kingdom of Toulouse. Read on.
In production: Emmanuelle Raga, ‘Aristocrats, Christians, and Barbarians at the Banquet: Food Practices, Inclusion and Exclusion in Fifth-Century Gaul According to Sidonius Apollinaris’, in: Yaniv Fox and Erica Buchberger (eds), Inclusion and Exclusion in Mediterranean Christianities, 400-800, CELAMA 25, Turnhout: Brepols, 2019.
Michael Hanaghan has published: ‘Sidonius Apollinaris and the Making of an Exile Persona’, in: Dirk Rohmann, Jörg Ulrich, and Margarita Vallejo Girvés (eds), Mobility and Exile at the End of Antiquity, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2018, 259-72.
See catalogue Peter Lang.
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
Matthijs Zoeter has obtained his Master’s Degree cum laude at Radboud University, Nijmegen, with “Reading the Future, Writing the Present: A Literary and Interpretive Commentary on Sidonius Apollinaris Letter 8.11”. It can be downloaded from this website, page Contributions.
Luca Mondin has contributed a chapter on late Latin epigrams to Christer Henriksén (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Epigram, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019.
“This chapter focuses on the late antique Latin epigrams of secular inspiration composed between the third and fifth century ce. It examines the repertoire and authors that have reached us (Carmina XII sapientum, Ausonius, Epigrammata Bobiensia, Claudian, Sidonius Apollinaris, Ennodius) and illustrates the modes of circulation of epigrams, including the use of collections and different literary contexts.”
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.
Recently published: ‘Il mordax dens di Sidonio Apollinare nel panegirico per Maioriano’, Lexis 36 (2018) 305-15, by Tiziana Brolli.