Book of Saints – Sidonius Apollinaris

14th century stained glass window with an images of Saint Sidonius Apollinarius, cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand, France; artist unknownArticle

(Saint) Bishop (August 23) (5th century) One of the most notable personages of the Age in which he lived, and distinguished both as an orator and as a poet. He began life as a prominent public man, was married and had children. The Invasion of the Barbarians, which led to the collapse of the Roman Empire, had commenced; and Sidonius, called to Rome, was appointed Prefect of the City. But the people of Gaul soon reclaimed him and obtained his recall to his own country. Separating from his wife with her consent, he was made Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne. He proved himself a model Bishop, not only by his zeal for religion, but also by his prudence and skill in safeguarding his flock in the troubles of the times. His dealings with Alaric, the chief of the Goths, though they irritated the Barbarians, ultimately resulted in the escape of his people from destruction. Saint Sidonius died in A.D. 482, and has left many letters and poems. Like so many of his contemporaries, he could not bring himself to believe that the Roman Empire was to pass away and to be succeeded by a new Europe, peopled by conflicting nations. This makes his correspondence specially interesting.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Sidonius Apollinaris”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2016. Web. 27 October 2016. <>