In memoriam Bruno Luiselli

The Sapienza University and the Lincei Academy will hold a conference to the memory of Bruno Luiselli, who died in 2021. Its title is: Tra Romani e Germani. Speakers include Leopoldo Gamberale, Antonella Bruzzone, Alessandro Fo, Giorgio Piras, Luigi Piacente and Umberto Roberto.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024. The morning session is hosted by the Sapienza University, the afternoon session by the Lincei.

Everybody is welcome. For the afternoon session, registration is required. The programme and further information are available here

Furbetta on Interactional Dynamics

Luciana Furbetta wrote ‘Dinamiche interazionali tra le élites e il potere a partire dalla testimonianza delle epistole di Sidonio Apollinare e Avito di Vienne’, Rivista Storica dell’Antichità 53 (2023) 297-313.

Abstract. The paper proposes some reflections on the possibility of combining the linguistic-philological analysis of late antique letter collections with the study of communication processes. In particular, we aim to study the modes of social interaction and mechanisms of action orientation within aristocratic circles between the power (with reference to the courts of barbarian kings and the ecclesiastics). The field of application chosen as a case study are the letters of Sidonius Apollinaris and Avitus of Vienne.

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Lamoine on Sidonius in 471

Laurent Lamoine has published 471. L’évêque contre le roi, Sidoine Apollinaire défend sa cité, Cette-année-là à Clermont-Ferrand, Portet-sur-Garonne: Éditions Midi-Pyrénéennes, 2023.

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471 : Sidoine Apollinaire est élu évêque des Arvernes. Que vient faire ce sénateur, ancien préfet de Rome, à la tête de la cité arverne ? L’homme vient se mettre au service de la résistance au roi wisigoth Euric, qui cherche à s’emparer de la ville. Malgré son énergie, son entregent et ses talents de propagandiste, Sidoine Apollinaire échoue. Après un très court exil, il rentre à Clermont pour reprendre sa pastorale. Pendant des siècles, les Clermontois ne se souviennent que du saint. Seuls le combat contre les fascismes des années noires et la découverte à Clermont-Ferrand, dans les années 1980/1990, des fragments de l’épitaphe d’un Apollinaire ont réveillé le souvenir de l’évêque combattant.

Dariusz Brodka Dies

The ancient historian Dariusz Brodka passed away on 2 January 2024 at the age of 54. Director of the Institute of Classical Philology at the Jagiellonian University in Warsaw, he was a specialist of Late Antiquity, notably publishing on Ammianus Marcellinus and Procopius of Caesarea. In the 1990s, he wrote two papers on Sidonius:

– ‘Die Idee der ‘Roma Aeterna’ in den Kaiserpanegyriken des Sidonius Apollinaris’, 1997, and
– ‘Die Weltherrschaftstopik in den Kaiserpanegyriken des Sidonius Apollinaris’, 1998.