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Why you should celebrate Cassiodorus

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So why should we get out our mead bongs and honor an obscure prætorian prefect from the early Middle Ages? Because Cassiodorus was a total badass of prescient wisdom. According to historian Paul Freedman, Cassiodorus was one of the two smartest people of his time (Boethius, the other one, is also worthy of a festive, pants-off holiday – perhaps in September to break up the tedious monotony between Labor Day and Rocktoberfest). Most people were apparently super unsmart back in those days, perhaps not unlike Hoosier lawmakers today. But not Cassiodorus – he was a clever chap. Freedman credits Cassiodorus with two achievements that changed the course of history...


...via Leo Weekly

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