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(full name: Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus; senator) (c. 485 – c. 588) was born in Squillace (Calabria). His life can be divided into two parts. The first was characterized by lively political involvement during the reign of the Goths, which put him into the highest offices (quaestor, consul, and magister officiorum under Theodoric, praefectus praetorio under Athalaric). In the second, beginning with his withdrawal from active politics c. 537 and return to his homeland, he devoted himself to study and meditation, and founded a monastery in Vivario, Calabria.


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Curti, Carmelo, “Cassiodorus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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