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Flavius Symmachus (fl. 522–526) was a Roman politician during the Ostrogothic kingdom in Italy.

Son of the philosopher Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius[1] and of Rusticiana (his aunts were Galla and Proba), he was the brother of Boethius, with whom he shared the consulate,[2] chosen by the Ostrogothic court.

His father fell into disgrace with the Ostrogothic ruler and had his own property confiscated; at the death of king Theodoric the Great (526), these properties were given back to Boethius and Symmachus.[3]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Boethius does not mention the name of his sons in his Consolatio Philosophiae, but in II.3.8, 4.7 he mentions their joint consulate.
  2. ^ AE 1961, 284
  3. ^ Procopius of Caesarea, Bellum Gothicum, I.2.5.

BibliographyEdit

  • CIL X, 4496 CIL V, 5430 CIL VI, 9162 CIL VI, 32043 CIL IX, 2074 CIL XII, 2309 CIL XII, 2404 AE 1961, 284 CIL XII, 933
  • Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin, John Robert Martindale, John Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, "Fl. Symmachus 8", volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-521-20159-4, p. 1044.
Political offices
Preceded by
Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus,
Flavius Valerius
Consul of the Roman Empire
522
with Boethius
Succeeded by
Anicius Maximus