April 2nd, 2013
A master in the art of rhetoric, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, commonly know as Boethius, was said to have the ability to argue any topic given randomly and still be able to speak as if he was a true expert in that area of expertise. During the middle Ages many philosophers and teachers studied and contemplated the works of prior scholars such as the writings of Plato, Aristotle, the apostle Paul and many more. However it is Boethius that made the most significance impact in Western Medieval Philosophy through his works titled De Consolatione Philosophiae, De Arithmetica, and Opuscula Sacra. These three books illustrate how one man, who at a young age is above most all of his peers, rises up from a wealthy noble class to become one of the most prominent philosophers of all time. Born in the city of Rome in 480 AD, Boethius was born into a patrician family, where his old and dying father was appointed consul in 487. After his father’s death, Boethius was adopted by a man named Quintus Aurelius Memmius Symmachus. As his adopted father was fully fluent in Greek soon became Boethius, Quintus as well instilled a passion of love for literature and philosophy. Being a rare trait to understand Greek within the Western Empire, many scholars argue that Boethius was educated in the East, most likely the city of Athens. Due to his ability to pick up concepts, formulas, and ideals rather quickly Boethius soon became of the service of Theodoric the Great, and the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths within the academia world. At the age of 25 Boethius would become a senator and soon after in 510 a consular for the Kingdom. During this time frame Boethius is suspected of conspiring with the Eastern Roman Empire, which leads to his imprisonment and later his execution. His time of exile provides the solidarity for him to write the majority of his works that become so influential and popular within The Middle Ages.
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