c.480 - 525
Roman Theologian

Anicius Boethius was born into a aristocratic Christian family in Rome and became consul under Theodoric the Ostrogoth.

He is the author of theological treatises and he transmitted to the Middle Ages the works of Aristotle. In 523 Theodoric feared that the Emperor in the East plotted against him, this led him to imprison and execute Boethius.

While in prison Boethius wrote 'The Consolation of Philosophy' a work of calm philosophy which is as admirable as the last moments of the Platonic Socrates.

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Consolation of Philosophy