Boethius held a special place as author of both philosophical and Christian writings. For practical purposes his influence must be counted philosophical. The five theological tractates are brief, and had a comparatively brief vogue in the twelfth century, although they were always available to mediaeval scholars. Boethius was mostly read for his logic and for the Consolation of Philosophy, and although formidable efforts were made to render the latter Christian, it remained a source of instruction about philosophical ideas above all.

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