Imprisonment and Death of Boethius (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: The imprisonment and death of Boethius results in the composition of one of the Western world’s most influential books—The Consolation of Philosophy.
Summary of Event
The philosopher, theologian, poet, and statesman Boethius was unjustly accused of treason by Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths and governor of Italy, imprisoned at Pavia (Ticinum), tortured, and executed in the year 524. While imprisoned, he composed what many consider to be the single most influential book for the medieval, Renaissance, and early modern Western world: The Consolation of Philosophy.
Boethius belonged to an ancient, noble Roman family. He was a Roman senator, Roman consul in 510, and magister officiorum (“master of the palace”) in 522. He had had a very successful career as a statesman under Theodoric, he was actually a friend of Theodoric, and yet he was accused of treason, banished from Rome, imprisoned, tortured, and executed at Pavia under orders of this same person. Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths (the East Goths), had migrated with his whole tribe from the eastern end of the Roman Empire to Italy itself. In addition to being king of the Ostrogoths, Theodoric became, as a result of conquest, governor of Italy with the approbation of the...
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