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The Selected Letters of Cassiodorus

A Sixth-Century Sourcebook

Cassiodorus M. Shane Bjornlie



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California Uni Pr Trade
08 September 2020
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.
By:   Cassiodorus
Translated by:   M. Shane Bjornlie
Imprint:   California Uni Pr Trade
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9780520297340
ISBN 10:   0520297342
Pages:   365
Publication Date:   08 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

M. Shane Bjornlie is Associate Professor of Roman and Late Antique History in the Department of History at Claremont McKenna College.

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