Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480 – ca. 525) was a Roman Christian philosopher during the fall of Ancient Rome.[1] Boethius came from a noble Roman family; however Western Rome had fallen before he was born.

Boethius was close to King Theodoric, an Ostrogoth who ruled the Italian peninsula in the early 6th Century. He was accused of disloyalty to the King, imprisoned and executed. While in prison, Boethius wrote his best known work: The Consolation of Philosophy. Throughout his life he translated much of Aristotle’s work into Latin.