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Author Harries, Jill.

Title Sidonius Apollinaris and the fall of Rome, AD 407-485 / Jill Harries.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  937.09092 SIDO/HARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 292 pages : map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [252]-277) and index.
Contents Introduction: Veteris Reparator Eloquentiae -- 1. The Apollinares and the Aviti -- 2. Sidonius at Lyon and Arles, AD 430-455 -- 3. Avitus and the Goths -- 4. Majorian -- 5. Otium: The Christian Layman, AD 461-467 -- 6. The Goths at Narbonne and Toulouse -- 7. Prefect at Rome -- 8. Consecration -- 9. Clermont and the Saints -- 10. The Bishop at Work -- 11. The End of Roman Clermont -- Epilogue: Umbra imperii.
Summary The fifth century AD was a period of military turmoil and political upheaval in Western Europe. The career of the Gallo-Roman senator and bishop, Sidonius Apollinaris (c.430-c.485), holder of government office under three Roman emperors and later Bishop of Clermont Ferrand, vividly illustrates the processes which undermined Roman rule. A champion of Latin letters and Roman aristocratic values, Sidonius was also for most of his career an advocate of co-operation with the Goths of Aquitaine. Both a career politician and an ardent Christian, Sidonius in his writings reveals the confusion of loyalties afflicting an aristocracy under threat and the compromises necessary for survival. This book, the first in English on its subject for sixty years, argues that Sidonius adapted literary conventions and exploited accepted techniques of allusion to explain his dilemmas, justify his own role, and convey his personal understanding of and response to the fall of Rome.
Subject Sidonius Apollinaris, Saint, 431 or 432-approximately 487.
Bishops -- France -- Clermont-Ferrand -- Biography.
Christian saints -- Biography.
Legislators -- Rome -- Biography.
Civilization, Ancient.
Rome -- History -- Empire, 284-476.
Gaul -- History -- 58 B.C.-511 A.D.
ISBN 0198144725 (acid-free paper)