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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, commonly known as Boethius (; Latin: Boetius; c. 480–524 AD), was an Italian senator, consul, magister officiorum, 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 1,322,249 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Boethius is the 89th most popular philosopher (down from 82nd in 2019), the 170th most popular biography from Italy (down from 146th 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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Among philosophers, Boethius ranks 89 out of 1,081Before him are Nicholas of Cusa, Nagarjuna, Gregory of Nazianzus, Carl von Clausewitz, Al-Kindi, and Athanasius of Alexandria. After him are Leucippus, John of Damascus, Zeno of Citium, Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Anaximenes of Miletus.

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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, Mark of Cornwall, Eutocius of Ascalon, 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 170 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Benedict XIV (1675), Gaius Marius (-157), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593), Pope Martin V (1369), and Pope Clement XIV (1705). After him are Galba (-3), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Sixtus IV (1414), Pompey (-106), Pope Clement XI (1649), and Catullus (-84).


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