The Letters of Cassiodorus

Being a Condensed Translation of the Variae Epistolae of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator

Author: Cassiodorus (Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 183,121 / 602 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.3
LoC Category: JC
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Translated with and introduction by Thomas Hodgkin

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elated with your success, be not gnawed with envy, rejoice not at the calamities of others; for what is hateful in the Sovereign cannot be becoming in the Quaestor.

'Exercise the power of the Prince in the condition of a subject; and may you render a good account to the Judges at the end of your term of office.'


[The dignity and powers of the Master of the Offices were continually rising throughout the Fourth and Fifth Centuries at the cost of the Praetorian Praefect, many of whose functions were transferred to the Master.]

[Sidenote: Mastership of the Offices.]

'The Master's is a name of dignity. To him belongs the discipline of the Palace; he calms the stormy ranks of the insolent Scholares [the household troops, 10,000 in number, in the palace of the Eastern Emperor, according to Lydus (ii. 24)]. He introduces the Senators to our presence, cheers them

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