Sidonio Apollinare, carme 9: un griphus per il lector?
Carmen 9 is a programmatic composition utterly sui generis. It has numerous points of contact with Ausonius’ Griphus ternarii numeri, and it can be considered as a riddle for the sodales, who are only given those elements which can be useful to understand the meaning of what the author presents as an original and complex ecdotic operation. None of the following carmina is exclusively historical, mythological, nor inspired by a single model. It is the reader who has to find out in what way myth, history and daily life are interwoven in the libellus, as are pagan gods and Christian faith, in a studied mixture of genres, stylistic registers, allusions, and learned reuse of the entire literary tradition, both ancient and more recent. This is in some ways a ‘new’ and complex literary endeavour, which is coherent with the renowned experimentalism of Late Latin poetry.
Keywords: Ausonius • Carmen 9 • Sidonius • Experimentalism • Griphus