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Boethius (Boetius)—Anicius Manlius Severinus—Roman statesman and philosopher (ca. 480—524 CE), was son of Flavius Manlius Boetius, after whose death he was looked after by several men, especially Memmius Symmachus. He married Symmachus's daughter, Rusticiana, by whom he had two sons. All three men rose to high honours under Theodoric the Ostrogoth, but Boethius fell from favour, was tried for treason, wrongly condemned, and imprisoned at Ticinum (Pavia), where he wrote his renowned The Consolation of Philosophy. He was put to death in 524, to the great remorse of Theodoric. Boethius was revered as if he were a saint and his bones were removed in 996 to the Church of S. Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, and later to the Cathedral. The tower in Pavia where he was imprisoned is still venerated.

Boethius was author of Latin translations of Aristotle, commentaries on various philosophical works, original works on logic, five books on music, and other works. His The Consolation of Philosophy is the last example of purely literary Latin of ancient times—a mingling of alternate dialogue and poems. His Theological Tractates are also included in this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674990838
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1973
  • Language: Latin
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series , #74
  • Edition description: 4th printing/1st pub.1973/index
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 783,364
  • Product dimensions: 4.51 (w) x 6.55 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction (1973)

Life of Boethius

Theological Tractates

Consolation of Philosophy

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V


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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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