Boethius: The character in this dialogue who speaks to Philosophy. He is a condemned man waiting in prison for his execution, and is bemoaning the loss of his fortune, influence, and freedom. A patrician Roman of the gens Anicii, he has been a high official under the Ostrogoth Emperor Theodoric. Through a series of apparent misunderstandings and professional jealousy, Boethius has been condemned for political reasons. Boethius wrote his dialogue in the last months of his life.
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