Manlius severinus Boethius was born in Rome to a politically influential family. orphaned at a young age, he was raised in the household of symmachus, a well-known aristocrat of the time, and eventually he married Rusticiana, symmachus's daughter, with whom he had two sons.
Boethius is often dubbed the last of the ancients and first of the scholastics, reflecting his pivotal position between classical Greek and Roman traditions and those of the medieval period. He became consul in 510 and by 520 was magister officiorum to Theodoric the Great. He was accused of treason in 523 and was eventually executed. His guilt or innocence in regard to the charges remains controversial to this day. While in prison, Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosophy, which, although largely ignored at the time, became a highly influential work throughout the medieval period and was later translated by Alfred the great, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth I.
See also Fortune, Meters of Boethius.
Lisa L. Borden-King
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