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Cassiodorus (c.485–585), Roman senator and consul, served in quite a few excessive workplaces from c.505 to c.538, less than the kings of the Ostrogoths, who had inherited the imperial management of Italy. For lengthy sessions the Goths’ leader publicist, he compiled the nation papers he had drafted, as their regime crumbled lower than Byzantine assault. this feature is the 1st translation to seem in view that 1886." ... first-class and precious ..."—Classical evaluate

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In the careers of Cassiodorus and others, Mastership succeeded Quaestorship; while Boethius as Master expected to have the Quaestor as his close colleague. 88 .. cr. Phii. ill, prose iv . 8/17/05, 12:05 PM xliii INTRODUCTION The outbreak. of war between Franks and Visigoths in 507, followed, in 508, by Theoderic's despatch of an army to Gaul, meant much work for Cassiodorus, some of it probably before his appointment as Quaestor. S). However, a Vicarius, and then a Praetorian Prefect were appointed to govern it, and the referal of problems to Ravenna probably decreased.

Cf. 255; 1974, 370f. Among other tasks, the Icing's bureau can be seen engaged in law enforcement, collection of rents and taxes, and the public post; it was staffed by principes, scriniarii, comitiaci, and saiones; cf. 21-2, 31, 42. 135 (Opusc. 3); cf. , 85, 168, for Leo and Laconius, counsellors of kings Euric and Gundobad. 17 Cf. 135. •5 Cassio_Variae_1_pxxxi-8 11 8/17/05, 12:05 PM xlii THE VARIAE OF CASSIODORUS against an opponent of higher rank or power. This may be partly the result of Cassiodorus' editing, but emperors had always been expected to prove amenable to requests.

9. Anonymus Valesianus 65-7. Cassio_Variae_1_pxxxi-8 13 8/17/05, 12:05 PM xliv THE VARlAE OF CASSIODORUS to the administration of his realm and the loyalty of the Romans (cf. 8) . The Catholics themselves did not hesitate to use him as an arbiter in their quarrels (cf. IS). But religion generally figures little in the Variae, perhaps by design. 7). His attitude, as readers of the collected Variae would have known well, was far more tolerant than Justinian's. ) Cassiodorus himself played some part in religious opposition to the emperor, following the reconquest.

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