Gaius Apollinaris Sidonius. Opera. Imprimerie Royale, pr. 1652.
Gaius Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius (430-480 A.D.) was a Gallo-Roman poet, bishop of the chief town of the Auvergne region of Gaul, and one of the last major figures of classical culture. Twenty-four of his poems survive and are replete with mythological allusions and demonstrate great technical skill. He also published nine books of letters. Sidonius was the author of a classic Latin palindrome, a phrase which reads the same forwards or backwards: "Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor," which has been roughly translated as "Rome, your love will suddenly collapse in disturbances." When his wife's father Avitus was proclaimed Roman emperor in the West, Sidonius presented a celebratory verse, for which he was rewarded with a statue in Rome's Ulpian Library.[OCL] This is the oldest Belmont Abbey book to wear the printer's mark of Sebastien Cramoisy, who directed the Imprimerie Royale; this book's colophon makes reference to "Regis se Reginae Architypographi."
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