Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus

(c. 480-c. 526)
   Although today best known for his Consolation of Philosophy, written in prison while awaiting execution, Boethius also influenced medieval philosophy by his translations of Aristotle, his treatise on the Trinity, and his work on logic and the quadrivium (geometry, arithmetic, astronomy and music). He read Augustine, and Neoplatonism more generally is reflected in many of his writings. One of his enduring legacies to Christian philosophy is his definition of eternity as 'the complete possession all at once of illimitable life' (Consolation of Philosophy 5.6).
   This definition has had considerable influence on the debate about whether God is in time or outside time.
   Further reading: Boethius 1882-91, 1973, 1990 and 2000; Chadwick 1981; Marenbon 2003

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