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Bishop of Seville

Post by meodingu on Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:29 pm

Bishop of Seville
Statue of Isidore of Seville by José Alcoverro, outside of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, in Madrid.

After the death of Leander, Isidore succeeded to the See of Seville.

His long incumbency in this office was spent in a period of disintegration and transition. The ancient institutions and classic learning of the Roman Empire were fast disappearing, in spite of the respect the Visigoths showed for the outward trappings of Roman culture.

Realizing that the spiritual as well as the material well-being of the nation depended on the full assimilation of the foreign elements, Isidore set himself to the task of welding into a homogeneous nation the various peoples who made up the Gothic kingdom. To this end he availed himself of all the resources of religion and education. His efforts were attended with complete success. Arianism, which had been the original form of Christianity among the Visigoths, was eradicated, and the new heresy of Acephales was completely stifled at the very outset; religious discipline was everywhere strengthened.



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