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15 Boethius follows this principle of Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 40 s t en e bb e se n charity. One example will suffice to illustrate this. ” Boethius points out that strict necessity cannot be meant here, because what is strictly necessary is so without qualification, not relative to something. ”16 A good exegete further tries not to foist his own views on the author. e. 17 He thus, rightly, assumes that Porphyry wanted his Isagoge to be faithful to the Aristotelian way of thinking, and concludes that this must then be his obligation, too.
The ambassadors returned to a frosty reception from Theoderic. John was held in some form of captivity, in which he died shortly afterwards, and Boethius seems to have been executed at about this time. It was said that Theoderic planned to take over the Catholic churches of Italy, but that on the very day this was to occur he died, the victim of a bout of diarrhoea, the very illness which had carried off the heretic Arius. Such tales meant that the fall of Boethius would come to be seen as an outbreak of religious persecution, and Boethius was later revered as a martyr.
The coming of Boethius to office was soon followed by the election of a new pope. In 523 Pope Hormisdas, who had presided over the ending of the Acacian Schism, died, and was succeeded in office by a deacon of the Roman Church, John, the first man of that name to become pope. By then an elderly man, he seems to have been involved in a schism which had racked the Roman Church from 498 till 506. One contender for papal office, Laurentius, had enjoyed the support of most of the senators; his rival, the ultimately successful Symmachus, was backed by the Roman plebs.