Historical Who is Who

BOETHIUS, Anicius

480 - 524
Italy
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS

Roman philosopher and politician whose writings became even more influential during the 1000 years after his death than during his life. This is part because he wrote his best known book On the Consolation of Philosophy during his year’s imprisonment which ended in his execution. He reasons that philosophical reflection brings happiness and leads to God. He was active in the period following the fall of the Roman Empire and during the rule of the Ostrogothic king Theodoric the Great, whom he served as head of government administration. He was responsible for translating many of the works of Plato and Aristotle which have survived

Life

Writings

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