There is not much reliable information on the life of Boethius (boh-EE-thee-uhs). His classical education was solid, and he spoke both Latin and Greek. He intended to translate the complete works of Plato and Aristotle into Latin but did not live long enough to complete this project. He may have served as the Roman consul around 510 c.e., and it is certain that he worked for the Ostrogothic king Theoderic the Great, who had invaded and occupied Rome. For reasons that are not clear, Theoderic condemned Boethius to death, and Boethius was executed in 524 c.e. Before his death, in his prison cell, Boethius wrote his extremely eloquent book De consolatione philosophiae (523; The Consolation of Philosophy, late ninth century). In this very influential work, he explained that pagan philosophy as reinterpreted by Christian theologians can help the unjustly accused to prepare themselves for a holy death.