Cassiodorus


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Cassiodorus

(Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator) (kăshōdō`rəs), c.485–c.585, Roman statesman and author. He held high office under Theodoric the Great and the succeeding Gothic rulers of Italy, who gave him the task of putting into official Latin their state papers and correspondence. These he later collected as Variae epistolae (tr. by Thomas Hodgkin, 1886). After retiring he founded two monasteries; in one of these the monks devoted leisure time to copying old manuscripts, which were thus preserved. Among Cassiodorus's works were his History of the Goths, preserved in the abridgment by JordanesJordanes
, fl. 6th cent., historian of the Ostrogoths, b. in the lower Danube region. His History of the Goths, an abridgment of the lost work of Cassiodorus, is the only extant source for Ostrogothic history and one of the few works written in Vulgar Latin.
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, and a treatise on orthography.

Bibliography

See J. J. O'Donnell, Cassiodorus (1979).

Cassiodorus

 

(Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator). Born circa 487 at Scyllacium, in Calabria; died circa 578 at Vivarium. Writer and statesman of the Ostrogothic state.

Cassiodorus was a retainer of Theodoric and his successors. He favored rapprochement between the Ostrogoths and the Romans. In his old age he became a monk and founded the monastery of Vivarium, which became one of the centers of early medieval culture, on his estate on the western shore of the Gulf of Taranto. He wrote the 12-book History of the Goths, which has survived in Jordanes’ abridged version. Cassiodorus also composed several works on the history of the church and the Variae —collections of letters, rescripts, and the like—which are an important source for the history of the Goths.

WORKS

In Monumenta Germaniae historica: Auctorum antiquissimorum, vols. 11–12. Berlin, 1894.
In Patrologiae latina, vol. 69. Paris, 1865.

Cassiodorus

Flavius Magnus Aurelius . ?490--?585 ad, Roman statesman, writer, and monk; author of Variae, a collection of official documents written for the Ostrogoths
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These were Boethius, Cassiodorus, Isidore of Seville and Venerable Bede.
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The History of the Library in Western Civilization, vol 4: From Cassiodorus to Furnival: Classical and Christian Letters, Schools and Libraries in the Monasteries and Universities, Western Book Centres.
D'Onofrio's book surveys medieval theology in seven long chapters, from its post-Augustinian "founders" (Boethius, Cassiodorus, Gregory the Great, etc.
The liberal arts curriculum was the fruit of twenty-five hundred years of maturation and development, beginning with the ancient schools of Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates and the Stoics, and continuing with the Romans Cicero, Quintilian, and Cassiodorus, revived in the early Middle Ages by Isidore of Seville and John Scotus Eriugena, and institutionalized by the anonymous founders of the European medieval universities in the twelfth century.
The music theory treatises in the third chapter span a wide range of dates and topics, from the mathematical treatment of intervals in Cassiodorus to Heinrich Glarean's twelve church modes.