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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, commonly known simply as Boethius (; Latin: Boetius; c. 480–524 AD), was a Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, polymath, historian, and philosopher of the Early Middle Ages. He was a central figure in the translation of the Greek classics into Latin, a precursor to the Scholastic movement, and, along with Cassiodorus, one of the two leading Christian scholars of the 6th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boethius has received more than 1,548,449 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Boethius is the 96th most popular philosopher (down from 88th in 2019), the 207th most popular biography from Italy (down from 169th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Boethius was most famous for his work The Consolation of Philosophy. This work is a philosophical work written by Boethius while he was in prison awaiting execution. The work is written as a dialogue between Boethius and Lady Philosophy.

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Over the past year Boethius has had the most page views in the with 199,277 views, followed by Spanish (58,992), and Italian (40,687). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (188.14%), Kurdish (Sorani) (88.36%), and Tamil (68.07%)


Among philosophers, Boethius ranks 96 out of 1,267Before him are Ibn Taymiyyah, Leucippus, Walter Benjamin, Zhuang Zhou, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Jean Bodin. After him are Jeremy Bentham, George Gurdjieff, Roger Bacon, Anaximenes of Miletus, Al-Tabari, and Aristippus.

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Among people born in 480, Boethius ranks 2Before him is Benedict of Nursia. After him are Gelimer, Pope Felix IV, Scholastica, Theodahad, Damascius, Dignāga, Eutocius of Ascalon, Mark of Cornwall, and Maelgwn Gwynedd. Among people deceased in 525, Boethius ranks 1After him is Brigid of Kildare.

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Among people born in Italy, Boethius ranks 207 out of 5,161Before him are Catullus (-84), Domenico Scarlatti (1685), Ludovico Sforza (1452), Pope Boniface V (575), Saint Cecilia (200), and Livia (-58). After him are Pompey (-106), Servius Tullius (-600), Pope Clement IX (1600), Pope Celestine I (400), Antonio Salieri (1750), and Pope Urban III (1200).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Boethius ranks 11Before him are Empedocles (-490), Lucretius (-94), Zeno of Elea (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463). After him are Tommaso Campanella (1568), Bonaventure (1221), Marsilio Ficino (1433), Giambattista Vico (1668), Hippasus (-600), and Cesare Beccaria (1738).