Isidore of Seville

  • saint isidore of seville
    isidor von sevilla.jpeg
    st. isidore of seville (1655), depicted by bartolomé esteban murillo
    bishop, confessor, and church father
    bornc. 560
    cartagena, spania, byzantine empire
    died4 april 636 (aged 79–80)
    seville, visigothic kingdom
    venerated incatholic church
    eastern orthodox church
    canonized653 by the eighth council of toledo
    feast4 april
    attributesbees; bishop holding a pen while surrounded by a swarm of bees; bishop standing near a beehive; old bishop with a prince at his feet; pen; priest or bishop with pen and book; with saint leander, saint fulgentius, and saint florentina; with his etymologiae
    patronagethe internet, computer users, computer technicians, programmers, students
    isidore of seville
    academic background
    influenceseusebius, augustine, jerome, paul the apostle
    academic work
    eramedieval philosophy
    school or traditionetymology
    augustinianism[1]
    main interestsgrammar, rhetoric, mathematics, medicine, law, languages, cities, animals and birds, the physical world, geography.
    notable worksetymologiae
    influencedthe councils of toledo, dante, the renaissance and the middle ages in general

    saint isidore of seville (ɔːr/; latin: isidorus hispalensis; seville, c. 560 –  seville, 4 april 636), was a scholar and, for over three decades, archbishop of seville. he is widely regarded, in the oft-quoted words of the 19th-century historian montalembert, as "the last scholar of the ancient world."[2]

    at a time of disintegration of classical culture,[3] and aristocratic violence and illiteracy, he was involved in the conversion of the arian visigothic kings to catholicism, both assisting his brother leander of seville, and continuing after his brother's death. he was influential in the inner circle of sisebut, visigothic king of hispania. like leander, he played a prominent role in the councils of toledo and seville. the visigothic legislation that resulted from these councils influenced the beginnings of representative government.[citation needed]

    his fame after his death was based on his etymologiae, an etymological encyclopedia which assembled extracts of many books from classical antiquity that would have otherwise been lost.

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Saint Isidore of Seville
Isidor von Sevilla.jpeg
St. Isidore of Seville (1655), depicted by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Bishop, Confessor, and Church Father
Bornc. 560
Cartagena, Spania, Byzantine Empire
Died4 April 636 (aged 79–80)
Seville, Visigothic Kingdom
Venerated inCatholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Canonized653 by the Eighth Council of Toledo
Feast4 April
AttributesBees; Bishop holding a pen while surrounded by a swarm of bees; bishop standing near a beehive; old bishop with a prince at his feet; pen; priest or bishop with pen and book; with Saint Leander, Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina; with his Etymologiae
PatronageThe Internet, computer users, computer technicians, programmers, students
Isidore of Seville
Academic background
InfluencesEusebius, Augustine, Jerome, Paul the Apostle
Academic work
EraMedieval philosophy
School or traditionEtymology
Augustinianism[1]
Main interestsgrammar, rhetoric, mathematics, medicine, law, languages, cities, animals and birds, the physical world, geography.
Notable worksEtymologiae
InfluencedThe Councils of Toledo, Dante, The Renaissance and The Middle Ages in General

Saint Isidore of Seville (ɔːr/; Latin: Isidorus Hispalensis; Seville, c. 560 –  Seville, 4 April 636), was a scholar and, for over three decades, Archbishop of Seville. He is widely regarded, in the oft-quoted words of the 19th-century historian Montalembert, as "the last scholar of the ancient world."[2]

At a time of disintegration of classical culture,[3] and aristocratic violence and illiteracy, he was involved in the conversion of the Arian Visigothic kings to Catholicism, both assisting his brother Leander of Seville, and continuing after his brother's death. He was influential in the inner circle of Sisebut, Visigothic king of Hispania. Like Leander, he played a prominent role in the Councils of Toledo and Seville. The Visigothic legislation that resulted from these councils influenced the beginnings of representative government.[citation needed]

His fame after his death was based on his Etymologiae, an etymological encyclopedia which assembled extracts of many books from classical antiquity that would have otherwise been lost.