Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, died 524/525. Citizen of what had been the Western Roman Empire, although it was finally overthrown before his birth. Theodoric the Great imprisoned and eventually exiled him. While in prison, Boethius wrote The Consolation of Philosopy, which was a classic argument for accepting the world as it was and is. Widely disseminated, it was translated by both Alfred the Great (who fiddled with it a lot) and Chaucer (under the title "Boece"). In addition to his work on philosophy, Boethius included some ancient mathematical, scientific, and historical data in the Consolation and his other works.