Who was Cassiodorus?

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Cassiodorus was a scholar and a government official of the Roman Empire.  He was a government official during the reign of Theodoric and some of the rulers who succeeded him.  After his retirement from government office, he became an important scholar.

Cassiodorus is most important for his work as a scholar and a religious.  He founded two monasteries and used them as tools for collecting and copying important scholarly works from ancient times.  Thus, he was important in preserving some of the intellectual legacy of classical times.  In addition, Cassiodorus devised an educational system for monks that came to be the basis for the liberal arts curriculum (the trivium and quadrivium) in Western Europe for centuries.