Cassiodorus [Flavius Cassiodorus Magnus Aurelius Senator]
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[Flavius Cassiodorus Magnus Aurelius Senator]
(b Scylacium [Scylletium; now Squillace, Calabria], c485 ce; d Vivarium [now Stalleti], nr Scylacium, c580 ce. Roman statesman and writer. A member of an ancient patrician family, Cassiodorus was a representative of the Roman senatorial class who worked with Ostrogothic rulers in their administration of Roman government during the 6th century ce. He spent the early part of his life trying to preserve Greco-Roman cultural traditions even though the necessary institutions were crumbling at every hand. His Roman education in the liberal arts prepared him well, for shortly after 500 he entered public life, holding office for more than a third of a century during a stormy and dangerous period. His rhetorical flair won him favour with Theodoric the Ostrogoth, and in 506 he was made quaestor sacri palatii; in 514 he became consul, and when Boethius fell from favour in 523, Cassiodorus was appointed magister officiorum...