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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

Born: 4800 AD
Died: 5250 AD
Nationality: Roman
Categories: Philosophers, Politician, Scholars

480? AD – Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was born in or near Rome, Italy. Roman scholar, Christian philosopher, and statesman, author of the celebrated De consolatione philosophiae (Consolation of Philosophy), a largely Neoplatonic work in which the pursuit of wisdom and the love of God are described as the true sources of human happiness.


510 AD – He became consul during the Gothic occupation of Rome, and later chief minister to the ruler Theodoric.


           – He married Symmachus’s daughter and pursued a typical career for a senatorial scion.


516-522 AD – Boethius’s work as a translator and commentator of Aristotelian logic might appear to be just the beginning of a wider project, announced in the second commentary on ‘On Interpretation’, and cut short by his execution, to translate and comment on all the writings of Plato and Aristotle.


           – The two most interesting of Boethius’s logical text-books are the treatises on topical differentiae and on hypothetical syllogisms, since each gives an insight into an area of late ancient logic for which there are otherwise few, if any, sources.


523 AD – He was accused of treason and after a year in prison at Pavia was executed.


524 AD – Wrote the books, De Consolatione Philosophiae "The Consolation of Philosophy" and De Institutione Arithmetica (mathematics).


525 AD – Boethius was executed in Pavia, Italy.