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Cassian and Cassiodorus

Posted by universalis on 5 November 2021

We have corrected two small errors in the English-language printed books. This means that Universalis does not match the books exactly, so this blog post is made, for reference, in case anyone notices the difference.

Psalm 29(30)

The Christological sentence at the start of this psalm, Christus post resurrectionem gloriosam Patri gratias agit, “Christ gives thanks to his Father after his glorious resurrection” is ascribed to Cassian in the English and American books and to Cassiodorus in the Latin. The Latin is correct.

The full reference is Cassiodorus: expositio in Psalterium, 1, in Psalmum XXIX, §4 and at the time of writing you can find the original text here.

Psalm 53(54)

The Christological sentence at the start of this psalm, Orat propheta, ut in nomine Domini a persequentium malignitate liberetur,“The prophet prays in the name of the Lord to be freed from the evil of those who persecute him” is ascribed to Cassian in the English and American books and to Cassiodorus in the Latin. The Latin is correct.

The full reference is Cassiodorus: expositio in Psalterium, 2, in Psalmum LIII, §6 and at the time of writing you can find the original text here.

About Cassiodorus

Cassiodorus is the reason we are still Romans today. He was a senior civil servant in the administration of Theodoric, the Ostrogoth King of Italy (the successor of the successor of the last Roman Emperor). In retirement he founded a monastery, and he established as one of the chief activities of the monks the copying and preservation of the literature of ancient Rome. This became the custom of many monasteries across Europe, and none of the classical authors we read today – historians, orators, philosophers, poets, even comic novelists – would be in our hands if they had not been copied and re-copied for us by monks. The Catholic Encyclopaedia article is long but well worth reading.

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