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The selected letters of Cassiodorus : a sixth-century sourcebook / Cassiodorus; edited and translated by M. Shane Bjornlie.

Author/Creator:
Cassiodorus, Senator, approximately 487-approximately 580 author.
Publication:
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
312 pages : maps ; 20 cm
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Standardized Title:
Variae. Selections. English
Subjects:
Cassiodorus, Senator, approximately 487-approximately 580 -- Correspondence.
Cassiodorus, Senator, approximately 487-approximately 580.
Ostrogoths -- Italy -- History -- Sources.
Italy -- History -- 476-774 -- Sources.
Ostrogoths.
Italy.
Form/Genre:
History.
Personal correspondence.
Sources.
Summary:
"One of the great Christian scholars of antiquity and a high-ranking public official under Theoderic, King of the Ostrogoths, Cassiodorus compiled edicts, diplomatic letters, and legal documents while in office. This letter collection, the Variae, remains among the most important sources for the sixth century, the period during which late antiquity transitioned to the early middle ages. Translated and selected by scholar M. Shane Bjornlie, The Selected Letters pulls together the most interesting evidence for understanding the political culture, legal structure, intellectual and religious worldviews, and social evolution during the twilight of the late-Roman state. Bjornlie's invaluable introduction discusses Cassiodorus's work in civil, legal, and financial administration, revealing his interactions with emperors and kings, bishops and military commanders, private citizens, and even criminals. Section notes introduce each letter to contextualize its themes and connection with other letters, opening a window on to Cassiodorus's world"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Sixth-century Italy in a wider world : diplomatic letters from the Ostrogothic court to the Eastern imperial and Western "Barbarian" courts
The senate in public life and public office : letters to the senate, letters to individual senators, letters announcing the appointment of senators to office
Civil bureaucracy and administration in Italy : letters describing the activities of the court bureaucracy and appointment to bureaucratic posts
Taxes and finances : letters describing fiscal organization, the collection, and distribution of State resources
Administration of provinces : letters concerned with Ostrogothic administration of regions outside of Italy
Goths and the military: letters concerning Gothic settlement and the organization of the military
Urban Life : letters describing the care of the urban environment
Rural Life : letters addressed to the settlement of people in the countryside and their obligations to the State
Religion : letters to bishops and letters touching upon the court's involvement in religious matters and its spiritual sentiments
Family and gender : letters concerning households, relations between family members, and letters to women
Law, order, and conflict : letters describing the court's approach to criminal charges against individuals
Intellectual culture : letters treating various disciplines of the late-antique intellectual culture
Nature : letters that provide literary perspectives of the natural world.
Notes:
Translated from the Latin.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contributor:
Bjornlie, M. Shane, 1969- translator, editor.
Other format:
Online version: Cassiodorus, Senator, approximately 487-approximately 580. Variae. Selections. English. The selected letters of cassiodorus
ISBN:
9780520297340
9780520297357
0520297350
0520297342
9780520969728
OCLC:
1142869962
Publisher Number:
99985329879