Cassiodorus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Andersson, Theodore M. “Cassiodorus and the Gothic Legend of Ermanaric.” Euphorion 57, No. 1 (1963): 28-43.

Studies the historical accuracy of the account of the legend of Ermanaric as it is found in Jordanes's summary of Cassiodorus's Gothic history.

Heather, Peter. “Cassiodorus and the Rise of the Amals: Genealogy and the Goths under Hun Domination.” Journal of Roman Studies 79 (1989): 102-28.

Attempts to determine the historical accuracy of Cassiodorus's account of Amal genealogy and to assess the reliability of the possible sources used by Cassiodorus.

Hodgkin, Thomas. Introduction to The Letters of Cassiodorus, Being a Condensed Translation of the “Variae Epistolae” of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator, pp. 1-67. London: Henry Frowde, 1886.

Detailed overview of Cassiodorus's life and works, with commentary on the Variae, Chronica, and the History of the Goths.

Jones, Leslie Webber. Introduction to An Introduction to Divine and Human Readings, by Cassiodorus Senator, translated by Leslie Webber Jones, pp. 3-63. New York: Octagon Books, 1966.

Biographical account of Cassiodorus, followed by an assessment of his influence on the Middle Ages and a discussion of manuscripts and editions of the work.

Leopold, John W. “Consolando per edicta: Cassiodorus, Variae, 4, 50, and Imperial Consolations for Natural Catastrophes.” Latomus 45, No. 4 (December-November 1986): 816-36.

Argues that the portion of the Variae dedicated to the discussion of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is an example of imperial concern for those who have suffered a natural catastrophe.

Mynors, R. A. B. Introduction to Cassiodorus Senatoris: Institutiones, edited by R. A. B. Mynors, pp. ix-lv. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1937.

Reviews the manuscripts containing various portions of the Institutiones; lists the printed editions of the work.

Viden, Gunhild. The Roman Chancery Tradition: Studies in the Language of Codex Theodosianus and Cassiodorus’s “Variae”. Studia Graeca et Latina Gothoburgensia XLVI, 1984, 168 p.

Uses the Variae and other texts to examine the development of the official language of the Roman Empire in its eastern and western parts.

Zimmerman, O. J. The Late Latin Vocabulary of the “Variae” of Cassiodorus. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1944, 277 p.

Discusses the importance of and difficulty in interpreting the letters of the Variae and examines its vocabulary, including neologisms, words of foreign origin, Late Latin words and their meanings, words endowed by Cassiodorus with a new meaning, and administrative technical words.