Cassiodorus (c.485-c.585)

  • In Cassiodorus’ (aka, Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator) Institutiones divinarum et humanarum lectionum there’s a chapter entitled, “On Scribes & the Remembering of Correct Spelling.” He also wrote On Orthography, a manual on spelling for his copyists. Contrary to popular opinion, he did not invent “spell-check”.
  • first known Christian writer to use the term “the seven liberal arts” [from Martianus Capella, a Carthaginian, who brought the elements of the Trivium & the Quadrivium together to shape European education from the early medieval period through the Carolingian renaissance. Dorothy Sayers “The Lost Tools of Learning,” advocates a return to medieval education, to the education described by Capella & Cassiodorus].  For Cassiodorus, the liberal arts were propaideutic to sacred learning.
  • Wilken, Robert Louis Amo, Amas, Amat: Christianity & Culture
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