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La fontana di Cassiodoro

The photo to your left was taken from the slopes of Mount Moscius (the modern "Stalettì Mountain). On the grounds at the foot of the mountain rose the monasterium Vivariense of Cassiodorus. This is also the site of the Fountain of Cassiodorus, marked by ancient crosses and graffiti as a site considered sacred. To whom? We don't know yet, but - given that the fountain is on the site of the monastery - Cassiodorus is a possibility.
The fama sanctitatis [reputation for holiness] of Cassiodorus and other related issues were discussed at the conference Cassiodoro: Vir religiosus, beatus, sanctus, promoted by Msgr Vincenzo Bertolone, Archbishop of Catanzaro-Squillace. While there is evidence for a cult of Cassiodorus in medieval Europe at large, a local cult at the site of Vivarium is a topic still to be explored.

La foto a sinistra fu scattata dalla Serra della Croce, poi denominata Villa Ciluzzi, sul monte di Stalettì (il mons Moscius di Cassiodoro). Sui terreni ai piedi del monte sorgeva il monasterium Vivariense. Questo è anche il sito della fontana di Cassiodoro, dove croci e graffiti indicano che il luogo era considerato sacro. A chi? ancora non si sa, ma - poiché la fontana è nel sito del monastero - Cassiodoro è una possibilità.
La fontana di Cassiodoro ed altre questioni inerenti alla fama sanctitatis di Cassiodoro sono state ampia materia di riflessione al convegno Cassiodoro: Vir religiosus, beatus, sanctus, promosso da monsignor Vincenzo Bertolone, arcivescovo di Catanzaro-Squillace. Mentre ci sono testimonianze sul culto di Cassiodoro in varie località dell'Europa medievale, il culto locale nel sito di Vivarium è ancora da esplorare.

SANTA MARIA DE VETERE - After long years, the former chapel of Santa Maria de Vetere (now a landmark according to Italian law, but falling apart, and used by its previous owners as a shed for farm tools)has been recognized as the property of the Bocchino family. Click here for a sketch of the history of S. Maria de Vetere, now the site of a family-owned restaurant.

VIVARIUM IN CONTEXT: Vivarium is not only a place on the Ionian Sea. It should be viewed in the context of Byzantine, as well as Roman, civilization; nor should the study of Cassiodorus be limited to his relations with the Ostrogoths. Go to Vivarium in Context to learn more about two essays, respectively by S.J. Barnish and L. Cracco Ruggini, that place Cassiodorus in the context of late antique and Byzantine culture.

SITE OF VIVARIUM - A report on preservation efforts by Ufficio Centrale per i Beni Ambientali e Paesaggistici of the Italian Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali; also a history of survey and recognition of the proposed site of Vivarium (Coscia di Stalettù, banks of the Alessi River, Villa Ciluzzi; in the townships of Squillace and Stalettù, Calabria, Italy).

ELECTRONIC PALAEOGRAPHY: Initiated by Fabio Troncarelli. A bibliography of publications on medieval palaeography that continues Medieval Latin Palaeography (MLP) of Leonard E. Boyle, O.P. In memoriam.

Electronic Palaeography maintains the sevenfold division devised by Leonard Boyle for MLP. Clic here for general indications on the numbering system or directly on the pertinent links to view each section.

1. Scholarly setting (continues MLP 1-446): general works.
2. Cultural setting (continues MLP 447-515): Greek and other writing.
   Cultural setting (continues MLP 516-1305): Latin writing, pre-Carolingian to Humanistic.
3. Institutional setting (continues MLP 1306-1426): libraries and archives, ancient catalogues, book trade.
   Institutional setting (continues MLP 1427-1510): Modern catalogues of medieval and Renaissance libraries.
4. Physical setting (continues MLP 1511-1665): form and matter, tools, dating, localizing.
5. Human setting (continues MLP 1666-1868): scribes, hands, ornamentation and painting.
6. Textual setting (continues MLP 1869-2091): transmission and tradition, editing a text.
7. Research setting (continues MLP 2092-2207): Latin language, historical aids, diplomatics.

SELECT ABSTRACTS - Abstracts of papers by Samuel Barnish, Marlene Breu and Roberto Marchesi, Steven Csaki, Luciana Cuppo, Maria Christine Grafinger.

Editorial policy for this website: Unless signed by the author, the entries on this website are contributed by Luciana Cuppo. The opinions expressed are her own. Mistakes are also, most definitely, her own and should not be attributed to anyone else.

Gherardini online - Collegamenti (links) a testi e videoconferenze di Brunero Gherardini disponibili in rete.

Gherardini in English - Texts of Brunero Gherardini translated to English and available on this site:
The Anthropocentrism of Gaudium et spes (Constitution on the Church and the Modern World),
The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion,
Petition to the Holy Father (epilogue and culmination of The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion),
On the pastoral nature of Vatican II: An evaluation,
Raised to Heaven because Co-Redemptrix on earth.

ALTRI LIBRI DI BRUNERO GHERARDINI. Disponibilità immediata presso www.biblio.com.

La Madre. Maria in una sintesi storico-teologica. Scheda libro, recensioni e commenti (in preparazione).
Quaecumque dixero vobis. Parola di Dio e Tradizione a confronto con la storia e la teologia - Scheda libro, commenti e recensioni.
Assunta perché Corredentrice. Atti del Symposium mariologico di Frigento, 13-15 settembre 2011. Prolusione del cardinal Raymond Leo Burke e contributi di sedici relatori - Scheda libro, commenti e recensioni.
Tu, il mio piccolo Io. Dina Bélanger e il suo carisma - Scheda libro, indice e commenti.
La Cattolica. Lineamenti di ecclesiologia agostiniana. Scheda libro, commenti e recensioni.
The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion - Book description (scheda libro) and reviews.
A domanda risponde. In dialogo con Karl Barth e le sue "Domande a Roma" - Book description and reviews of Gherardini's answers to Karl Barth's questions concerning Vatican II.


The Croatian Hagiography Society Hagiotheca organizes biennial conferences on hagiography and the cult of saints. Select papers from the 2008 Conference in Split were published in 2010 with the title Identity and Alterity in Hagiography and the Cult of Saints. Editors: A. Marinkovic and T. Vedris.

The contributors: J. Cartwright, R. Chai-Elsholz, D. Collins, M. Craciun, I. Csepregi, L. Cuppo, L. Dolezalova, D. Falvay, T. Heffernan, C. Ho, A. Marinkovic, L. McArthur Irvin, M. Rasanen, M. Roch, M. Saghy, R. Wojcik.

The saints: Mary the Virgin, Perpetua and Felicitas, Peter and Paul, Iustus of Triest, Cosmas and Damian, Gibitrud, Kentigern ("Mungo"), Barbara, Elizabeth of Hungary, John of Trogir, Thomas Aquinas, Wladislaw of Gielniow, Francis of Assisi,John of Nepomuk.

The 2010 Conference in Porec was co-organized by Hagiotheca and the International Hagiography Society. A selection of the papers presented at the conference appeared in 2012 with the title Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints. Editors: J. Ott and T. Vedris

The contributors: R. Anderson, J. Beard, L. Cuppo, S. Efthymiadis, E.A. Gatti, S. Katajala-Peltomaa, S. Kuzmova, T. Heffernan, M. Miladinov, J. Ott, J. Peterson, V. Prozorov, S. Reames, M. Saghy, V. Vuolanto.

The bishops and their saints: Damasus, Mellitus of London, Aethelwold, Engelbert of Cologne, Stanislaus of Cracow, Benedict of Nursia, Perpetua and Felicitas, Martin of Tours.


Cassiodorus and the Practical Sciences (L. Cracco Ruggini)
The Other Book of Pontiffs: A View from Lombard Italy (L. Cuppo)
Images of the Divine: Sacred Embroideries from the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul (R. Marchese and M. Breu)
L'anno liturgico nelle opere di S. Cromazio d'Aquileia (V. Cian)
Alzatosi lo seguÌ (profilo biografico di Marcello Labor) (A. Santin)

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The Centre for Mediaeval Studies 'Leonard Boyle' offers academic and professional books on hagiography and history of Late Antiquity. Specifically, and as opposed to a parochial vision of the monk and scholar, the Centre proposes a study of Cassiodorus in the context of contemporary church controversies and Byzantine history.

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