Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius - Biography

Boethius (480-524 AD) is a Roman scholar, Christian philosopher, and statesman, and the author of the celebrated De consolation philosophiae (The 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.

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (480-524)

As he was a Christian he relies his poetic ideas with Christianity. He gives a definition of poetry based on religious assumptions. He looks poetry in Christian point of view. He says to believe on God and gain knowledge that is real happiness.

He is best for his commentary and interpretation of Plato as well as Aristotle. He translated Plato and Aristotle in to Latin. He is best remembered for his The Consolation of Philosophy. He wrote The Consolation of Philosophy during his imprisonment. There are over 400 extant manuscripts of this work, which shows its great popularity in the Middle Ages.

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