Boethius

2218 T-1. Discovered 1971 Mar. 25 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named for the western Roman politician, poet and philosopher Anicius Manilius Severinus Boethius (c. 480-524). An Advisor to the Ostrogoth king Theoderich the Great, he is called "the last Roman and the first scholastic". He translated the works of the Greek philosophers, especially Aristotle {see planet (6123)}, into Latin. He was accused of high treason, put into prison and executed without due process. In prison he wrote his most famous book, Consolation of Philosophy. (M 26932; M 26947)

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