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SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA (c. 480-c. 544), the patriarch of Western monks.
A precise chronology and a pedigree have been supplied for Benedict, according to which he was born in 480, of the great family of the Anicii; but all we know is what St Gregory tells us, that he was born of good family in Nursia, near Spoleto in Umbria.
In the first of the new orders, that of the Cistercians (1098), the old monastic ideal set forth in the Rule of Benedict of Nursia still prevailed; but in the constitution and government of the order new ideas were at work.
More than ten years before Cassiodorus founded his monasteries in the south of Italy, Benedict of Nursia (480-543) had rendered a more permanent service to the cause of scholarship by building, amid the ruins of the temple of Apollo on the crest of Monte Cassino, the earliest of those homes of learning that have lent an undying distinction to the Benedictine order.
Monasticism in the West owes its extension and development to Benedict of Nursia (born A.D.
The life was to be self-denying and hard, but not one of any great austerity (for details see Benedict Of Nursia; and E.
QUINTUS SERTORIUS, Roman statesman and general, was a native of Nursia in Sabine territory.
NORCIA (anc. Nursia), a town and episcopal see of the province of Perugia, Italy, 29 m.
The ancient Nursia was a Sabine city, though close to the Umbrian border.