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Boethius, Medieval Philosopher

Boethius, Medieval Philosopher

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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480-524/525 AD) was a philosopher of the early 6th century. Boethius, of the noble Anicia family, entered public life at a young age and was already a senator by the age of 25. This illustration is from Boethius' De institutione musica, was one of the first musical works to be printed in Venice between the years of 1491 and 1492. It was written toward the beginning of the sixth century and helped medieval authors during the ninth century understand Greek music. Boethius was imprisoned and eventually executed by King Theodoric the Great, who suspected him of conspiring with the Eastern Roman Empire. While jailed, Boethius composed his Consolation of Philosophy, a philosophical treatise on fortune, death, and other issues. The Consolation became one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages. This image has been colour enhanced.

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