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Saint Isidore of Seville, Patron Saint of the Internet

Do you need a bit of trivia to spice-up your conversations at the upcoming holiday party? You can proudly show you supreme geekness by proudly stating you know who is considered the patron saint of the internet.

Did you even know there is such a patron saint? “Lo and behold” there is. Well technically, he is also the patron saint of computers, computer users, and programmers/technicians.

Not being raised in the Catholic tradition, I too had never heard of Saint Isidore of Seville or seen his portrait. Born is the year 560 in Cartagena, Spain, he was a famous writer who published his own dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of the Goths, and a history of the world beginning with creation.  His most important work is the Etymologiae, a twenty chapter encyclopedia whose structure is similar to that of the databases used on the Internet today.  The document summarizes all the known classical and Christian knowledge of law, metallurgy, geography, medicine, mathematics, history, theology, games and much more until near the end of his life in the 636 AD. You might describe him as his age’s one-man Wikipedia author.


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