Sidonius Apollinaris

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Sidonius Apollinaris


(Gaius Sollius Modestus Apolli-naris Sidonius). Born during the early A.D. 430’s, in Lugdunum (now Lyon); died Aug. 21, 483 (?), in Arvernia (now Clermont-Ferrand). Gallo-Roman writer.

Sidonius Apollinaris was born into a rich, aristocratic family. In 468, Anthemius, emperor of the Western Roman Empire, appointed him prefect of Rome and later elevated him to patrician status. In 471 or 472, Sidonius Apollinaris became bishop of Arvernia.

Sidonius Apollinaris was famous for his verse panegyrics honoring the Western Roman emperors Avitus, Majorian, and Anthemius. His works, particularly his letters, are a valuable source for the history of the Visigoth conquest of Gaul and the sociopolitical and cultural life of this period. Sidonius Apollinaris reflected the attitudes of the Gallo-Roman aristocracy during the decline of the Western Roman Empire.


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Drawing on a letter by Sidonius Apollinaris (476) and a later inscription from a lesser-known bishop, Zeno of Merida (483), Damian Fernandez highlights how these authors' portraits of the Visigothic king Euric (c.
Kelly (eds.), New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris, Leuven--Paris: Peeters, 273-304.
Ramsay cites praeiret in Statius, praeesse in Sidonius Apollinaris and praeoptare in Martianus Capella, contending that "such examples are, of course, worth nothing."
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him, they became standard in Western Christian writers such as Lactantius (Divine Institutes 4.30.2, "plurimae sectae et haereses") and Sidonius Apollinaris (Letters 7.6, "Ariana haeresis").
Highlights of the Mundelein collection include eight incunables, among which are a two-volume German vernacular Bible with hand-colored woodcuts, published by Anton Koberger in Nuremberg in 1483, and a copy of Saint Sidonius Apollinaris' Epistolae et carmina (Milan, 1498) that formerly belonged to the noted seventeenth-century Dutch Protestant scholar Isaac Vossius and possibly bears his annotations.
9.505, 17), the pantomime communicated "through nod, leg, knee, hand, and spin" (Sidonius Apollinaris, Carm.
After conceding that the myth has become proverbial even among Christians, the bishop finishes his letter by saying: "We must flee these [Sirens] with even greater cunning than Ulysses' by sealing not just our ears but also our eyes and, as it were, sailing swiftly past them in spirit." [35] The fifth-century bishop Sidonius Apollinaris similarly draws attention to the proverbial quality of the myth.
(iii) Sidonius Apollinaris, bishop of Arvernum in Gaul c.471-87, wrote to a friend in praise of his poetry, stating that (Epist.