Vivarium, one of the first western monastic experience. He conceived the idea to entrust the monks with the task to retrieve, store and transmit to posterity the immense cultural heritage of the ancients, because it would not have been lost. He wanted the constitution of a scriptorium, where there were transcribed and preserved the manuscripts, and a library of enormous dimensions, to house them. In his monastery life of asceticism and prayer was accompanied with the preservation and conservation of ancient culture.
Franco Cardini, Cassiodoro il grande Roma i barbari e il monachesimo, 2009.
Nosside from Locri Only twelve epigrams, preserved in the Palatine anthology, belonging to the most important poet of the West,have not perished. In the last she herself desires to hand her hometown down, Locri: 'O stranger, if you sail toward the lyrics-delighted Mytilene to gather Sappho's flower of graces tell that i was friend of the Muse, that i was born in Locri and you know that my name is Nosside' (Palatine Anthology VII 718) Nosside,who lived in Locri Epizefiri between the IV and the III century B.C. is known thanks to a few fragments of a very wide poetic production. She praises to be the 'single poetess of the West, such as Sappho was the same of the East'. In the extraordinary cultural climate of Locri Epizefiri, flourished , already in the V century B.C.literary and poetic phenomena, as attested by Pindar in II Pitica, who assigns to the locrese colony the production of 'lyrics of the virgins'. Nosside's production inserts in this tradition, but at the same time separates from it, for both the philosophical approach of his verses and the expressive technique. Obviously it is clear reading the survived epigrams, the intention of Nosside to emulate Sappho, the most famous Greek poet, lived in Lesvos between the VII and VI century B.C. The poetry of Nosside is, like that of Sappho, a hymn to life and love. In some of these epigrams and in the dedications contained in them, they also reveal other
Published on Feb 12, 2014