We find this idea also reflected in Chaucer who obviously got it from Boethius.
Fragments of this work are preserved to us, chiefly in Stobaeus, a few in Boethius and other writers.
Under Theodoric the Great, Boethius made use of certain signs which were in part very like the nine digits which we now use.
As to the fourth question, Did Boethius probably know the numerals?
Cf. 'thou hast had grace as he that hath used of foreine goodes; thou hast no right to pleyne thee'; Boethius, bk.
Thynne's edition of Chaucer, printed in 1532, contains Boethius.
There can be little doubt however that Boethius is the more correct form, and this is the form given us in the Anecdoton Holderi.
In some editions, this passage is not marked as being assigned to Boethius.
And, this being so, we may safely conclude that they were not taken from Boethius directly.
In the first note, this passage from Boethius is given at length.