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
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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.
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Defining Early Latin Christianity as stretching from the birth of Tertullian about 160 to the death of Isidore of Seville in 636, Denecker systematically investigates the linguistic ideas held by early Christian Latin authors.
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And though Moore's mastery of the conciliar sources will reward careful study, one wishes that he did more to link the intellectual ideas of writers such as Isidore of Seville to real action on the ground.
The hint that Law's Virtues will be pragmatic--and not idealistic--is found in the preface's epigram, a 17th-century quotation from Isidore of Seville: Law should be virtuous, just, possible to nature, according to the custom of the country, suitable to place and time, necessary, useful; clearly expressed, lest by its obscurity it lead to misunderstanding; framed for no private benefit, but for the common good.
So, on the one hand, for Isidore of Seville, Aquinas, and also Vitoria, the law of nations is, as we have already seen, rooted firmly in the precepts of reason.
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