Sidoine Apollinaire et la poésie épigraphique
Sidonius Apollinaris likes to introduce in his correspondence poems of his own composition. Often we can define these epigrams as worldly. But it also happens that they are inscriptions. There are seven letters including inscriptions: 2, 8, the epitaph of a lady Philomathia; 2, 10, a titulus for the apse of the church of Lyon; 3, 12, the epitaph of the grandfather of Sidonius; 4, 8, a poem to be engraved on a vase-shaped shell; 4, 11, the epitaph of Claudianus Mamertus; 4, 18, a titulus to be engraved on the walls of the basilica of Tours; 7, 17, the epitaph of St. Abraham. Therefore we have two distinct categories: epitaphs and titulus for religious items or buildings. The paper elaborates on how these compositions are presented and what their content is about – and, finally, one wonders if they were actually burned.