Welcome to the blog of the Academic Network on Sidonius Apollinaris, a Leverhulme Trust-funded project hosted by Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics & Archaeology. The network, headed by Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh) and Joop van Waarden (Amsterdam), is preparing a comprehensive commentary on the works of the 5th-century Gallo-Roman author Sidonius Apollinaris. A major eye witness to the end of the western Roman empire, Sidonius has long provided a rich resource for historians of Late Antiquity. Only now, however, is he being reappraised as a significant cultural figure in his own right. The commentary will illuminate Sidonius’ poems and letters from a wide variety of literary, linguistic, historical, and religious perspectives. The blog is designed to complement the commentary: it will feature mini-essays and other short pieces with a particular focus on how readers have encountered and responded to Sidonius’ works from antiquity to the present day. Submissions are warmly encouraged and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark St Sidonius’ day (23 August) our latest post below, by Project Co-Investigator Joop van Waarden, explores how Sidonius was deployed for the edification of 18th-century German nuns.