The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris

Edited by Gavin Kelly, Joop van Waarden

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A multidisciplinary survey of Sidonius Apollinaris and his works
  • First ever comprehensive research tool for Sidonius Apollinaris
  • Assembles leading international specialists on Sidonius and his age
  • Offers an assessment of past and current research in the field
  • Comprehensive bibliography includes all the scholarly literature on Sidonius
  • Supplemented by the regularly updated Sidonius website www.sidonapol.org

Sidonius Apollinaris, c.430–c.485, poet and letter-writer, aristocrat, administrator and bishop, is one of the most distinct voices to survive from Late Antiquity and an eyewitness of the end of Roman power in the west.

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AcknowledgementsAuthor BiographiesNoteMapGavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, Introduction to the Volume

Part I SIDONIUS’ LIFE, THE CHARACTERS IN HIS WORK, AND ITS DATING

1 Joop van Waarden, Sidonius’ Biography in Photo Negative

2 Ralph Mathisen, Sidonius’ People

2.1 Sidonius’ People: A Study

2.2 Sidonius’ People: A Prosopography

2.3 Sidonius’ Places: A Geographical Appendix

3 Gavin Kelly, Dating the Works of Sidonius

Part II SIDONIUS IN HIS POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND RELIGIOUS CONTEXT

4 Michael Kulikowski, Sidonius’ Political World

5 Sigrid Mratschek, Sidonius’ Social World

6 Sigrid Mratschek, Creating Culture and Presenting the Self in Sidonius

7 Lisa Bailey, Sidonius and Religion

Part III SIDONIUS’ WORK AND ITS LITERARY CONTEXT

8 Isabella Gualandri, Sidonius’ Intertextuality

9 Annick Stoehr-Monjou, Sidonius’ Panegyrics

10 Franca Ela Consolino, Sidonius’ Shorter Poems

11 Roy Gibson, Sidonius’ Correspondence

Part IV SIDONIUS’ LANGUAGE AND STYLE

12 Étienne Wolff, Sidonius’ Vocabulary, Syntax, and Style

13 Joop van Waarden, ‘You’ and ‘I’ in Sidonius’ Correspondence

14 Silvia Condorelli, Metrics in Sidonius

15 Joop van Waarden and Gavin Kelly, Prose Rhythm in Sidonius

Part V THE MANUSCRIPT TRADITION AND THE HISTORY OF SCHOLARSHIP

16 Franz Dolveck, The Manuscript Tradition of Sidonius

16.1 The Manuscript Tradition of Sidonius: A Study

16.2 The Manuscript Tradition of Sidonius: A Census

17 Luciana Furbetta, Sidonius Scholarship: 15th-19th Centuries

18 Silvia Condorelli, Sidonius Scholarship: 20th-21st Centuries

19 Roger Green, Translating Sidonius

Part VI READERS OF SIDONIUS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT

20 Ralph Mathisen, Sidonius’ Earliest Reception and Distribution

21 Tina Chronopoulos, Glossing Sidonius in the Middle Ages

22 Jesús Hernández Lobato, Sidonius in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

23 Joop van Waarden, Sidonius Reception: 16th-19th Centuries

24 Filomena Giannotti, Sidonius Reception: Late 19th-21st Centuries

Gavin Kelly and Joop van Waarden, Epilogue: Future Approaches to Sidonius

BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEXESIndex locorumGeneral index

The fruit of a decade of collaborative scholarship, this book will set the stage for a generation or more of research on Sidonius. It is a comprehensive set of original studies that cover the life, times, text, and reception of this lively aristocrat and bishop who survived the end of the western Roman Empire.
Aaron Pelttari, University of Edinburgh
The Edinburgh companion wins over its readers not only because it is meticulously edited, includes top-notch essays, a comprehensive bibliography, a prosopography, and useful indices but mainly because the editors decided not to reduce but embrace the complexity of the matter.
Tabea L. Meurer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
This is an excellent work which offers new perspectives on the life and writings of Sidonius Apollinaris. It will become the standard work on the fifth-century Gallic aristocrat, man of learning and bishop for many years to come.
Jan Willem Drijvers, University of Groningen
Kelly and van Waarden, world authorities on Sidonius, have assembled the latest cutting-edge international scholarship on Sidonius’ life, his context in late Roman literary culture, his manuscript tradition and the reception of his work. A central witness to the fall of Rome, Sidonius deserves a worthy Companion. This is it.
Jill Harries, University of St Andrews
[...] an indispensable reference for scholars working in the field. [...] The multiple approaches proposed in the Companion catch the complexity of Sidonius’ production; they unveil the man beyond the literary construct, deconstruct and analyse in detail the rhe-torical architecture, and show how the transmission and the reception of the texts over the centuries impacted on our way of reading them in the 21st century.
Sara Fascione, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Plekos 22, 2020
This work demonstrates the critical importance of Sidonius Apollinaris as an author and actor for understanding late antiquity. One of the many strengths of this outstanding collection of essays is its combination of a range of approaches in an up-to-date, single volume. It will be required reading for the next generation of scholars.
Professor Michele Renee Salzman, University of California at Riverside
Kelly and Van Waarden’s collection is a well-structured and accessible text that does what older friends should do: to assist the non-specialist or less-experienced scholar.
Paolo Mastandrea, The Classical Review
Gavin Kelly is Professor of Latin Literature and Roman History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is co-editor of Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2012) and New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris (Leuven, 2013). He is co-series editor for our Edinburgh Studies in Later Latin Literature series with Aaron Pelttari.

Joop Van Waarden is Research Fellow in Latin at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He specialises in late antique Gaul, and Sidonius Apollinaris in particular. He is the author of a two-volume commentary on the seventh book of Sidonius’ correspondence, Writing to Survive (Leuven: Peeters, 2010, 2016). He has been co-investigator with Gavin Kelly of the Leverhulme-funded ‘Sidonius Apollinaris for the 21st Century’ project (2014-2017) and is co-editor of New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris (Leuven, 2013) and Emperors and Historiography: Collected Essays on the Literature of the Roman Empire (Leiden, 2010). He also maintains the dedicated website on Sidonius Apollinaris www.sidonapol.org

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