Sidonius Apollinaris for the Twenty-First Century

The SAxxi project, ‘Sidonius Apollinaris for the Twenty-First Century’, aims to produce a state-of-the-art comprehensive commentary on Sidonius’ poetry and prose. It is directed by Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh) and Joop van Waarden (Nijmegen, formerly Amsterdam).

Workshop Wassenaar and New Approaches

Activities started at the workshop ‘Sidonius Apollinaris for the 21st Century’, held on 26-30 January 2011 in Wassenaar (NL), which was hosted and funded by the Dutch Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and supported by the Dutch Centre for Patristic Research (CPO; Prof. Bas ter Haar Romeny and Prof. Paul van Geest). Click here for its programme and for a report of its proceedings by Silvia Condorelli (BSL 41 (2011) 309-14). An edited volume, New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris, deriving from the papers presented there, appeared in July 2013 with Peeters Publishers Leuven, in the LAHR series no 7.

Prolegomena and commentaries

With Edinburgh and Amsterdam as its academic hometowns, SAxxi has now begun to prepare a volume of Prolegomena to Sidonius Apollinaris (forthcoming 2019) and the first five volumes of commentary. In the present situation, the primary need is to have ‘the whole Sidonius’. Attention will go out first to those poems and letters which have not yet been covered by publications. This phase, which lasts for three years (2014-2017), is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation through an International Network grant, LIN; see the Leverhulme 2014 annual review) and the British Academy (a Small Research Grant). The LIN unites the scholars who are working on the commentary. Its Network Facilitator is Dr Paul Barnaby (mail). Its advisory committee consists of Jan Willem Drijvers (Groningen), Hagit Amirav (Amsterdam), Roy Gibson (Manchester), and Roger Rees (St Andrews).

Conference Edinburgh

An international conference in Edinburgh (20-23 November 2014), hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology of the University of Edinburgh, entitled ‘Sidonius, His Words, and His World’, has brought together all those involved in the project and launched the various activities. More information on the website of the Academic Network on Sidonius Apollinaris. Download full programme here.

Publications in the SAxxi series

In 2016, the second volume of Writing to Survive, Joop van Waarden’s commentary on Book 7 of the correspondence was published, covering the ascetic letters 12-18.
In 2020, the Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris was published with partial funding.
In 2022, Judith Hindermann’s commentary of Letters Book 2 came out.

Publication of commentaries underway [state of affairs November 2022]

Supported by the Leverhulme International Network grant, publication is underway of three volumes of Sidonius commentary:

– Panegyric on Majorian (Carmina 3-5) by Tiziana Brolli (Padua)

– Panegyric on Avitus (Carmina 6-7) by Luciana Furbetta (Rome)

Related publications

Related future publications include: Carmina minora by Stefania Santelia (Bari) and Silvia Condorelli (Naples), Letters book 5 by Giulia Marolla (Bari), Letters book 8 by Marco Onorato (Messina), and Letters book 9 by Silvia Condorelli (Naples). Another relevant initiative is the PhD project Letters book 6 and Letters of Recommendation by Willum Westenholz (Vienna, supervisor Danuta Shanzer). Joop van Waarden is under contract with CUP for a Sidonius Apollinaris: Selected Letters in the Green & Yellow series (expected 2024).

The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris

Edited by Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, the comprehensive Edinburgh Companion  to Sidonius Apollinaris (former working title: Prolegomena to Sidonius Apollinaris) has come out in March 2020.

Existing Commentaries of Sidonius

Consult the Commentaries page.