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6th century. Italy (Rome) and Byzantium (Constantinople). The former prefect and consul and later ecclesiastic Cassiodorus was the author of a number of works on religious philosophy and biblical exegesis, as well as letters and speeches, and two historical works, the Chronica and a lost Gothic history which was known to Jordanes. He is also noted for encouraging Epiphanius scholasticus to translate the Historia tripartita. Cassiodorus' Institutiones contains in chapter seventeen a reflection on the nature of Christian historical writing.

His Chronica, written in late 518, i…

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Burgess, Richard W., “Cassiodorus”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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