The Info List - Manlius Boethius

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Nar. Manlius Boethius
(died circa 487) was a Roman aristocrat, who was appointed consul for 487. Life[edit] He was probably the son of Boethius
the Praetorian prefect of Italy who was put to death by Emperor Valentinian III
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.[1] 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 common name.[2] Notes[edit]

^ CIL V, 8120 ^ Alan Cameron, "Boethius' Father's Name", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 44 (1981), pp. 181-183

Further reading[edit]

"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.

Preceded by Caecina Mavortius Basilius Decius, Longinus Consul of the Roman Empire 487 Succeeded by Claudius Iulius Ecclesius Dynamius, Rufius Achilius Sividius

Preceded by Caecina Mavortius Basilius Decius Praefectus urbi
Praefectus urbi
of Rome 487 Succeeded by Rufius Ac