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Isidore of Seville

bishop, confessor and doctor of the Catholic Church

559   -   636

country of citizenship: Kingdom of Toledo
language of expression: Latin, Spanish
occupation: writer, musicologist, philosopher, music theorist, cleric, Catholic priest, historian, bishop
position held: Metropolitan Archbishop of Seville, Catholic bishop, Catholic archbishop

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Isidore of Seville (; Latin: Isidorus Hispalensis; c. 560 – 4 April 636) was a Spanish scholar and cleric. For over three decades, he was Archbishop of Seville. He is widely regarded, in the words of 19th-century historian Montalembert, as "the last scholar of the ancient world".At a time of disintegration of classical culture, aristocratic violence and widespread illiteracy, Isidore 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.His fame after his death was based on his Etymologiae, an etymological encyclopedia that assembled extracts of many books from classical antiquity that would have otherwise been lost. He also invented the period (full stop), comma, and colon.
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