Sidonius Apollinaris
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[German Version]

Sidonius Apollinaris, Gaius Sollius (429/431, Lyon – 486(?), Clermont-Ferrand), bishop in Clermont-Ferrand. The son-in-law of the emperor Avitus, he is considered the most important Latin writer of both poetry and prose in 5th-century Gaul. Contrary to the increasing Germanic influence in Gaul, he modeled his works – very popular in the Middle Ages – on classical Latin authors, including pagans. His three verse-panegyrics (Carmina 1–8) on the emperors Avitus, Majorian, and Anthemius are based on Claudius Claudianus, his occasional poems (Carmina 9–24) on the Silv…

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Pollmann, Karla, “Sidonius Apollinaris”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025524>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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