Isidore of Seville

Juan Pablo Rodriguez (Yale University)
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Isidore of Seville was one of the most important scholars and ecclesiastical figures who lived during the Visigoth rule of Hispania (507-711). He is considered a liminal figure between the classical era and the Middle Ages, as his works were crucial in transmitting knowledge of Greek and Roman authors to their medieval successors. Isidore of Seville’s influence is apparent in the conservation of close to one thousand manuscripts of his


– an encyclopedic compilation of the teachings of classical authorities and early Christian authors – making this work second only to the Bible in its popularity. Isidore of Seville was recently appointed the patron saint of programmers and the Internet.



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Citation: Rodriguez, Juan Pablo. "Isidore of Seville". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2015 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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