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Title: Sidonius Apollinaris' Camina 1 and 2 : a commentary
Author: Watson, Lynette
ISNI:       0000 0004 2694 0586
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis takes the form of a commentary with accompanying material on Sidonius Apollinaris' Carmina 1 and 2, the preface poem and panegyric dedicated to the emperor Anthemius and delivered in 468 AD. The Preface outlines the material available on Sidonius and the approach which critics have made, and sets out the methodology of this commentary. In the Introduction, § 1 examines the historical context, the situation in the western empire which led to the necessity of appointing an eastern nominee as emperor in the west, and the circumstances which led to Sidonius' delivery of the panegyric at Anthemius' inauguration as consul. § 2 is an analysis of the function and form of panegyric in late antiquity, and the particular use to which Sidonius put the genre. examines Sidonius' use of imitatio, and the usefulness of lists of loci similes as a critical tool. The main body of the work is a line-by-line commentary on the two poems, highlighting Sidonius' manipulation of material for political purposes, while he yet operated within a traditional framework. A close examination is made of lexical usage, pinpointing many creative variations on earlier precedents. Sidonius has often been compared unfavourably with Claudian, but close comparison of apparently similar passages reveals that the aims and approaches of the two authors are different, and that Sidonius is a greater exponent of visual effect and word-play than Claudian. The thesis closes with an index of all Latin words discussed in the commentary.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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