historian, statesman, and monk

Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus, in full Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, (born ad 490, Scylletium, Bruttium, kingdom of the Ostrogoths [now Squillace, Italy]--died c. 585, Vivarium Monastery, near Scylletium), historian, statesman, and monk who helped to save the culture of Rome at a time of impending barbarism.During the period of the Ostrogothic kings in Italy, Cassiodorus was quaestor (507-511), consul in 514, and, at the death of Theodoric in 526, magister officiorum ("chief of the civil service"). Under Athalaric he became praetorian prefect in 533. Not long after 540 he retired and founded a monastery..
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