(Senator; ca. 485ca. 583). Statesman, author, and educator. Held various high offices in Ostrogothic Italy. Retired to the Monasterium Vivariense or Castellense which he founded ca. 540 on the Gulf of Squillace. Works include a treatise on the soul, an exposition of the Psalter, an encyclopedia of religious and profane knowledge, commentaries on NT books, a grammar, and a ch. history. Furthered theol. educ.; set up a curriculum which is largely the basis for the quadrivium and trivium of medieval schools, antecedent of modern liberal arts education. Works include De artibus, which contains a chap. on music. See also Tripartite History.
The Letters of Cassiodorus, ed. T. Hodgkin (London, 1886); A. Momigliano, Cassiodorus and Italian Culture of His Time, Proceedings of the British Academy, XLI (London, 1955), 207245; MPL, 69, 4211334; 70.
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