An observation: the only part that seemed "outdated" in any meaningful sense was the observation that fame cannot truly be called fame at all because it's necessarily local. This is no longer the case. Other than that, it defies those who claim that old thoughts no longer matter. Even there, often the things that have to be done to become famous around the world are immoral, degrading, buffoonish, or all three, and, as it says of those who hold office or other honors, "Their unworthiness is less conspicuous if they are not made famous." Just think of what Bill Clinton will be remembered for a hundred years from now, if he's remembered at all. Even here the point still holds.
I tend to think he will be thought of as sort of a junior grade, less violent (because of our political system), Caligula or Nero. Both of these guys were first thought to be the brilliant hopes for a better future for Rome, and both demonstrated the truth that 'character counts' -- the hard way.
Unfortunately, that is all that I have of Boethius. This article was transcribed from a beautifully printed, seventy year-old book.
A few notes on the source:
My guess is that this book was written on a level that would be understandable for the average high school graduate of the 1930's.
All of the readings are short excerpts of the original books, with each reading prefaced by a brief description of the work and author.
There are perhaps four-hundred readings from various sources.
Catallus, Caesar, Seneca, Xenophon, Lucretius, Cicero and many more.
It's definitely one of my prized books, for its content and the craftsmanship of the printer.