Mathematician:Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius

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Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, and philosopher, who produced editions of some mathematical works which survived to be used throughout Medieval Europe.

Although widely cited as a great scholar, as a mathematician he appears to have been mediocre.




  • Born: about 480 in or near Rome, Kingdom of Odoacer in the Byzantine Empire (now Italy)
  • Died: 524 in Pavia, Ostrogothic Kingdom in the Gothic Empire (now Italy)



Logic and Philosophy


  • Porphyry's Isagoge
  • In Categorias Aristotelis (Aristotle's Categories)
  • De interpretatione vel periermenias (Aristotle's De Interpretatione)
  • Interpretatio priorum Analyticorum (two versions): (Aristotle's Prior Analytics)
  • Interpretatio Topicorum Aristotelis: Aristotle's Topics
  • Interpretatio Elenchorum Sophisticorum Aristotelis: Aristotle's Sophistical Refutations


  • c. 504 -- 505: In Isagogen Porphyrii commenta (based on a translation by Marius Victorinus).
  • 507 -- 509: In Isagogen Porphyrii commenta (based on Boethius' own translation (507–509).
  • c. 509 -- 511:In Categorias Aristotelis
  • not before 513: In librum Aristotelis de interpretatione Commentaria minora
  • c. 515 -- 516: In librum Aristotelis de interpretatione Commentaria majora
  • c. 520 -- 523: In Aristotelis Analytica Priora
  • Commentaria in Topica Ciceronis (incomplete: the end the sixth book and the seventh are missing)

Original Treatises

  • 505 -- 506: De syllogismo cathegorico
  • 515 -- 520? De divisione
  • 516 -- 522: De hypotheticis syllogismis
  • c. 522 -- 523: De topicis differentiis
  • c. 523: Introductio ad syllogismos cathegoricos
  • Opuscula Sacra (Theological Treatises)
    • c. 520 -- 521: De Trinitate
    • Utrum Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus de divinitate substantialiter praedicentur (Whether Father and Son and Holy Spirit are Substantially Predicated of the Divinity)
    • Quomodo substantiae in eo quod sint bonae sint cum non sint substantialia bona [also known as De hebdomadibus] (How Substances are Good in that they Exist, when They are not Substantially Good)
    • De fide Catholica
    • Contra Eutychen et Nestorium (Against Eutyches and Nestorius)
    • 524 -- 525: De consolatione Philosophiae

Also known as

He is usually referred to as Boethius.