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Romans and Goths

Henry Chadwick

in Boethius

Published in print October 1990 | ISBN: 9780198265498
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265498.003.0001

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Romans and Goths

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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was born into one of the powerful landed families of senatorial rank in fifth-century Italy. Through being taken into Symmachus's household, the young Boethius was brought to a milieu of power and of high culture. Boethius held Symmachus in the utmost awe and affection. Symmachus would naturally have led Boethius on the course of assimilating the highest culture available in the Greek world of his time, in the Greek Neoplatonic schools. In September 1522, Boethius took up the important administrative post of Master of the Offices. Reaction against the Christianizing interpretation of the Consolation of Philosophy, and against the natural Catholic desire to claim so great a man among the Church's confessors, has led to an equally distorted opinion that there was no religious ingredient at all in the tensions that cost Boethius his life.

Keywords: public service; Symmachus; Neoplatonic schools; Laurentian schisms; ivory tower

Chapter.  25942 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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