Boethius (died circa 487) was a Roman aristocrat, who was
appointed consul for 487.
He was probably the son of
Boethius the Praetorian prefect of Italy
who was put to death by Emperor
Valentinian III in 454, and probably
the father of the famous philosopher Boethius; if this identification
is correct, he died not long after 487, for
Boethius is known to have
been orphaned as a young boy and adopted by the aristocrat Quintus
Aurelius Memmius Symmachus.
Boethius' career can be derived from a consular diptych preserved in
Brescia. He was praefectus urbi of Rome (date unknown), then
Praetorian prefect of Italy
Praetorian prefect of Italy at some point between 480 and 487, when he
was appointed consul (not recognised in the East), praefectus urbi for
the second time and patricius.
This diptych records his second name abbreviated NAR. E. Weigand
explained this abbreviation to mean N(onius) AR(rius). Although Nonius
is a common name under the early Empire, Alan Cameron has pointed out
the combination "Nonius Arrius" has been attested only twice in the
300 years prior to Boethius. He further notes the abbreviation "N.
Ar." is unattested except for this consular diptych. Based on these
considerations, he believes this explanation is untenable, and
proposes NAR should be read as an abbreviation for one of two names:
either "Narius", "a securely if sparsely attested Italian name"; or as
an engraving error for MAR, an abbreviation for "Marius", a far more
^ CIL V, 8120
^ Alan Cameron, "Boethius' Father's Name", Zeitschrift für
Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 44 (1981), pp. 181-183
"Fl. Nar. Man(lius)
Boethius 4", Prosopography of the Later Roman
Empire, Volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 1992,
ISBN 0-521-20159-4, pp. 232–233.
Caecina Mavortius Basilius Decius,
Consul of the Roman Empire
Claudius Iulius Ecclesius Dynamius,
Rufius Achilius Sividius
Caecina Mavortius Basilius Decius
Praefectus urbi of Rome