Boethius (consul 522)

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Flavius Boethius (fl. 522-526) was a Roman politician during the Ostrogothic kingdom in Italy.

Son of the philosopher Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius[1] and of Rusticiana (his aunts were Galla and Proba), Flavius was the brother of Symmachus, with whom he shared the consulate,[2] chosen by the Ostrogothic court.

His father fell into disgrace with the Ostrogothic ruler and had his own property confiscated; at the death of king Theodoric the Great (526), these properties were given back to Boethius and Symmachus.[3] Flavius Boethius is known to have served as praetorian prefect of Byzantine North Africa from 560 to 561.[4]

John R.C. Martyn suggests that Flavius had three children:[5]


  1. ^ Boethius does not mention the name of his sons in his The Consolation of Philosophy, but in II.3.8, 4.7 he mentions their joint consulate.
  2. ^ AE 1961, 284
  3. ^ Procopius of Caesarea, Bellum Gothicum, I.2.5.
  4. ^ John R.C. Martyn, "A New Family Tree for Boethius", Parergon, 23 (2006), p. 6 doi:10.1353/pgn.2006.0082
  5. ^ Martyn, "A New Family Tree", pp. 5-8


  • CIL IX, 2074 CIL X, 4496
  • Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin, John Robert Martindale, John Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, "Fl. Boethius 3", volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-521-20159-4, p. 232.
Political offices
Preceded by
Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus,
Flavius Valerius
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Symmachus
Succeeded by
Anicius Maximus