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43 - Boethius

from VII - The third encounter of Christianity with ancient Greek philosophy
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, descended from an established Roman elite, had gained a reputation for his scientific and philosophical scholarship by c. 507, when he appears already to have received the title of Patrician. He was named Magister Officiorum, becoming the highest ranking official in the court of the Ostrogothic King Theoderic. Boethius' corpus is divisible into the three broad categories: mathematical, theological and philosophical writings. Of Boethius' translations, there are those of Porphyry's Isagoge and of Aristotle's Categories, Peri Hermeneias, Prior Analytics, Topics and Sophistical Fallacies. Of his commentaries, there are those on the Isagoge, Categories and Peri Hermeneias. Boethius was a Platonist. His close adherence to Plato's writings has been mentioned as one of the main characteristics of his Platonism. Itur in antiquam silvam perhaps best expresses the general spirit of the work, which reaches back to those authorities whose hold on Boethius' imagination appears to have been especially strong: Augustine, Aristotle, the Bible, and above all Plato.
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