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Theological Tractates. The Consolation of Philosophy (Loeb Classical Library)

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    The most popular work of one of the great thinkers of the early middle ages.

    Written during his imprisonment for treason, Boethius' consolation is considered one of the greatest works of philosophy in the middle ages as well as a keystone in the preservation of Platonic and Aristotelian thought. Boethius presents the reader with his own rendition of the classical consolation, in which he is consoled in prison by a physical representation of Philosophy. The work is separated into 5 books which chronicle his arguments with Philosophy on everything from the nature of happiness to free will and God.<BR/><BR/>Boethius is very easy to understand and read, however his works offer a depth that is much deeper than the surface indicates. Because of this, it is especially good for students who are just dipping their feet into philosophy or theology and is still great for high level students who want a much more challenging experience. It has much to offer for people of all different education levels and is well worth multiple reads.<BR/><BR/>A great read for anyone interested in middle ages philosophy or early Christian literature. This particular version contains both the Consolation and Tractates in their original Latin as well as English.

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