Boethius (480–524) was a Roman philosopher and the last major philosopher before the Dark Ages began. Boethius was imprisoned for treason by the emperor Theodoric the Great. In prison, Boethius wrote his most famous work, “The Consolation of Philosophy.” A dialog written in prose, this work describes a conversation Boethius had with Lady Philosophy, the personification of wisdom who visited him in prison. Lady philosophy comforts Boethius with advice from the great philosophers of the past. She reminds him of the sufferings of Socrates and stresses the Stoic theme that values in a person are more important than circumstances. She also refers to Plato and Aristotle to show that wealth, power, and fame are not the keys to happiness. Although Boethius was a Christian, his primary source of comfort was philosophy, not Christianity.