Isidore of Seville

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Isidore of Seville

Saint, Latin name Isidorus Hispalensis. ?560--636 ad, Spanish archbishop and scholar, noted for his Etymologies, an encyclopedia. Feast day: April 4

Isidore of Seville


Born circa 560; died Apr. 4, 636, in Seville. Spanish theologian and author.

Isidore became archbishop of Seville in 600. He is the author of the Etymologiae, a distinctive encyclopedia of the early Middle Ages, and the History of the Kings of the Goths, Vandals, and Suevi, a work dealing primarily with the political and ecclesiastical history of Visigothic Spain. Isidore was an ideologist of the Hispano-Roman aristocracy that supported the authority of the Visigoths. The works of Isidore, who was well educated for his day, are compilatory in character. Their value is primarily in the great amount of factual material they contain.


Patrologiae cursus completus: Seria latina, vols. 81–84. Paris, 1862–78.
Excerpts from Etymologiae. In Agrikul’tura v pamiatnikakh Zapadnogo srednevekov’ia. Moscow-Leningrad, 1936. Pages 1–40.


Fontaine, J. Isidore de Séville …. vols. 1–2. Paris, 1959.
References in periodicals archive ?
Pliny, Natural History, VII, xv, in Cadden, Meanings of Sex Difference, 41; Isidorus Hispalensis, Etymologiarum sive originum libri XX, bk XI, Ch.
ISIDORUS HISPALENSIS, Etymologiarum libri XX Libro 2, 29, 7: "Rex est modestus et temperans, tyrannus vero impius et inmitis"; livre 9, 3,4: "Rex eris si recte facies"; livre 9, 3,5: "Regiae virtutes praecipuae duae: iustitia et pietas.
This third volume covers publications from 2010 through 2012 in the categories of reference, general studies, invasions, social-political-economic studies, civil law, literary culture, ecclesiastical studies, liturgy, patristics, Isidorus Hispalensis, Pseudo-Isidorus, archaeology, Sueves, Toulouse, other peoples, collected essays and studia honoraria, and congresses-symposia-colloquia.