Published online in Mnemosyne: Giulia Marolla, ‘The Names of Sidonius’ Addressees and the Manuscript Tradition of the Letters’.
Out now, in Edinburgh Studies in Later Latin Literature, Giulia Marolla’s commentary on Sidonius Letters Book 5, Part 1. It covers the first half of this book from a philological, literary and historical perspective:
— providing the first commentary on Book 5 of Sidonius’ Letters
— including a newly edited Latin text and a new English translation
— contributing to an overall understanding of Sidonius’ literary output as a whole
— offering a comprehensive and innovative study of key historical data, especially prosopography and dating of the letters.
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Just out in first view: Giulia Marolla, ‘Who Was Sidonius’ Correspondent Simplicius? An Identification Problem in the Letters’, Classical Quarterly FirstView 30.03.2023.
This article presents, as a case study, the various inconsistencies which occur in the prosopographical entries concerning Simplicius, one of Sidonius’ most frequent addressees. Through the exegesis of passages of letters addressed to him (Epist. 3.11, 4.4, 4.7, 4.12, 5.4) and of passages believed to concern him (Carm. 24.89; Epist. 2.9 and 5.7), it argues for a revision of the common identification of Simplicius as brother of Apollinaris and Thaumastus, and for a re-evaluation of the sources which supposedly lead to this conclusion. Some cautionary remarks on the unchecked use of prosopography as a tool are followed by a hypothesis concerning the identity of this addressee of Sidonius.
The Classics Department of Edinburgh University has announced its research seminars for the first half of 2023. For Sidonius and late antique Gaul they include:
Wednesday 8 Feb, 5.10, Teviot Lecture Theatre
Giulia Marolla (Bari) Four Burgundian kings in fifth-century Gaul? The case of Sidonius Ep. 5.7.
Thursday 18 May, 2.10, Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre
Adrastos Omissi (Glasgow) Late Roman Italy, late Roman Gaul: their strategic and geographic relationship
These are hybrid lectures. Please contact Dr Ben Harriman (Benjamin.Harriman [at] ed.ac.uk) for the link; please also contact him if you wish to be added to the seminar mailing list.
Seminar organisers: Ben Harriman, Gavin Kelly
Giulia Marolla has written an article about the traces of Sidonius (and Mamertus Claudianus) in Giacomo Leopardi’s early works: ‘Leopardi lettore di Sidonio Apollinare e Mamerto Claudiano’, Bollettino di Studi Latini 52 (2022) 592-600.
Abstract: This paper analyses the quotations of Sidonius Apollinaris and Mamertus Claudianus in the works of Giacomo Leopardi, whose interest for the two late Latin authors can be traced back to the years he spent studying at his father’s library in Recanati (in particular to 1815-1823). As can be inferred from his epistolary exchange with Niebuhr, for Giacomo, Sidonius constitutes a useful source. He is also an author the young Leopardi admires in light of the peculiar details he relates and because of his refined word choice. Together with Mamertus Claudianus, Sidonius is in particular cited as a source on Fronto and on the evolution of Latin in Late Antiquity. Furthermore, the paper suggests to link one entry in Leopardi’s autograph document C.L.XV.31 (Claudianus= 1762) to Mansi’s 1762 edition of Mamertus Claudianus, which was owned by Leopardi, as can be inferred from his Lettera al Giordani sopra il Frontone del Mai.
Giulia Marolla analyses the concept of satire in ‘Sidonio Apollinare e il concetto di satira nella tarda antichità’, Invigilata Lucernis 43 (2021).
Giulia Marolla reviews Sara Fascione’s “Gli ‘altri’ al potere” in Plekos 23 (2021) 237-41.
Giulia Marolla has published ‘Il trasformismo dell’aristocrazia gallica nelle epistole di Sidonio Apollinare / Political Flexibility of the Gallic Aristocracy in Sidonius’ Letters’, eClassica 6 (2020) 59-71. Its motto is from the Gattopardo: Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com’è, bisogna che tutto cambi.
On Friday 12 March, Giulia Marolla will defend her PhD thesis ‘Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters Book 5 (Epp. 1-10): Text, Translation, and Commentary’ at the University of San Marino. Supervisor: Prof. Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh).