Eugippius came originally from Noricum where he was a monk in the monastery founded by Severinus (died 482). He left Noricum for Italy in 488 with other monks and with Severinus's body in the evacuation ordered by Odoacer. They settled in Castellum Lucullanum near Naples, Roman villa offered them by the noblewoman Barbaria. In 511 Eugippius composed the "Life of Severinus". He also created an anthology of the excerpts from the works of Augustine dedicated to the virgin Proba from the powerful Roman family, the gens Anicia. This is the work about which Cassiodorus writes in this passage of the "Institutions".
We do not know exactly when Eugippius was ordained presbyter. He is styled "presbyter" in the letter to the deacon Paschasius preceding the "Life of Severinus" [...] and in the letters addressed to him by Fulgentius of Ruspe [...].
Eugippius was still alive in 532 when he corresponded with Ferrandus of Carthage [...]. Most probably, Cassidorus met Eugippius in sometime in the 530s.