This page collects stray information about Sidonius scholars, with no intention to be in any way complete or even representative.
Born 1901, died 1974.
Click to download the list of deans of the Académie de Poitiers. Read his obituary. Read also Gavin Kelly’s blogpost (29.06.2016) ‘Vichy and the Visigoths’ on the Sidonius in Antiquity and Modernity blog.
For the problem of the Vichy regime and their instrumentalization of classical antiquity, see publications by Glaydson J. da Silva (University of São Paulo).
Christian Heinrich Christoph Lütjohann, classics teacher in Flensburg, Greifswald, and Kiel, professor of Classical Philology in Kiel from February 1884, born 1846, died April 1884, before he could complete his MGH edition of Sidonius. This was then finalized by the series editor Mommsen together with Bücheler, Leo, and Wilamowitz, and, for the indices, Geisler and Grupe. The work was published in 1887.
‘Luetjohann’ or ‘Lütjohann’?
The spelling ‘Luetjohann’ in the MGH, albeit imitated in much scholarship, is exceptional, probably determined by its Latin context. The man himself wrote ‘Lütjohann’ according to his signature in his working copy (see on the left and below), which is also the form found in the Archive of Prussian Teachers (here on the left and online). For other instances of the correct spelling, see the Lütjohann article in Wikipedia, e.g.:
– the MGH (!) exhibition catalogue ‘Phoenix aus der Asche: Theodor Mommsen und die Monumenta Germaniae Historica’, 2005, writes ‘Lütjohann’: online;
– the catalogue of the German National Library prefers ‘Lütjohann’ (although the variant ‘Luetjohann’ is mentioned): online;
– Richard Foerster [sic] in his 1885 obituary writes ‘Lütjohann’: online;
– in his articles in German his signature is ‘Lütjohann’ and also in the Latin (!) ones on Propertius and Apuleius: online.
Lütjohann’s working copy
This is a special working copy, withdrawn from the library of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. It belonged to Lütjohann who worked at that institution on Sidonius when preparing his edition. It is a copy of Grégoire and Collombet’s 1836 edition, essentially reflecting his collations in Florence. The three volumes have white leaves bound between the original pages on which Lütjohann penned his findings, using different inks for different manuscripts:
black: Laurentianus 554 (M)
red: Laurentianus XLV, 26
dark blue: Laurentianus XLV, 23 (T)
crimson: Guelferbytensis 486 (clearly added later).
Semple and A.E. Housman
From The Letters of A.E. Housman, ed. Archie Burnett, 2 vols, Oxford, 2007:
p. xlviii lists William Hugh Semple (1900-1981) among the recipients of Housman’s letters. S. was a research student in Cambridge under H.’s supervision in 1925; his doctoral thesis ‘Quaestiones Exegeticae Sidonianae’ was approved in 1927, and published in Transactions of the Cambridge Philological Society, 1930. He was Professor of Classics in Manchester, 1937-67. See Ian Rogerson, ‘W.H. Semple: A Research Student of A.E. Housman’, Housman Society Journal 25 (1999) 70-72.
p. 27 in a letter from 1927: ‘Mr W.H. Semple, as a research student in this University, has been preparing for the last two years under my direction a thesis on the Epistles of Apollinaris Sidonius’.
p. 206 praises S. in a letter from 1930 for his research based ‘on full knowledge and conducted with great exactness’, overcoming ‘many difficulties in the letters and poems of Sidonius Apollinaris’, and thus being ‘a valuable contribution to the understanding of the author’.
p. 623 is a request to the Library in 1926 to waive the rule of no more than five books being lent out to a student, because S. ‘who is studying Apollinaris Sidonius under my direction […] finds that 5 books are not enough to work with and that the books he wants are not to be found elsewhere than in the Library. He is a graduate of Belfast, and has acted for three years as assistant to the professors of Latin and of English here.’
Semple was born in 1900 in Belfast and died in 1981 in Manchester. He was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, and at St John’s College, Cambridge (PhD). He was a Lecturer in Classics, 1927-1931, and a Reader in Latin, 1931-1937, at the University of Reading and Professor of Latin, 1937-1967, at the University of Manchester.
The entry for W.H. Semple in the Oxford UK Who’s Who here (access by subscription).
Courtenay Edward Stevens (1905-1976), known universally and affectionately to the College and the wider academic world as ‘Tom Brown’, was a Scholar of New College between 1924 and 1928 when he received his BA. He moved to Oriel College as Robinson Exhibitioner in 1928 and published Sidonius Apollinaris and his Age in 1933. He became a Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College in the same year. Stevens served in intelligence during WWII, and is particularly known for producing a set of German language newspapers dropped behind enemy lines, of which Magdalen has a complete set of copies. He died in 1976.
| source Magdalen College Archive
See also Wikidata and Wikipédia; for his wife, the poet Leila Buckley, Wikipedia and for his membership of the Inklings, together with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien among others, gathering weekly between 1930 and 1949 in Lewis’ room in Magdalen College, the Oxford DNB and Colin Duriez’ The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Their Circle, Oxford 2015 (Stevens on pages 172, 199, 235; ‘an Inkling gallery‘).
See his portrait by Edward Mills on ArtUK.