The Consolation of Philosophy (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Consolation of Philosophy (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Consolation of Philosophy (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by Boethius

While in prison awaiting a brutal execution, Boethius produced arguably the most famous work of early medieval philosophy and literature, the celebrated Consolation of Philosophy. In alternating sections of prose and poetry, Boethius describes the circumstances of his rapid fall from the upper echelons of society and power. In a conversation with lady Philosophy, Boethius discusses the perennial questions of human existence: the possibility of human happiness, the problem of evil, the vicissitudes of fortune in living well, the question of whether there is order in the universe, and the possibility of human freedom. The Consolation of Philosophy has survived as a brilliant work of Latin literature, and early English translations done by King Alfred the Great, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth I are still extant.

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ISBN-13: 9780760769799
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 07/22/2005
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 559,100
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (ca. AD 475-525) was born in Rome to an eminent aristocratic family whose members included two Roman emperors. When his father died, Boethius was adopted by the powerful, cultured, and noble family of Symmachus. He gradually ascended to political power, with the political pinnacle occurring with his appointment as Magister Officiorum or "Master of Offices." Shortly after his appointment, Boethius was tried and found guilty in absentia for treason. He was put to death, not before, however, having finished the work for which he is most famous.

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4_ever_a_student_of_life More than 1 year ago
Read it slowly, ready it several times, read it while reflecting on some of things that you have chosen to do. I read this book specifically for chapter 5 to help my understanding of free will. I now have a deeper understanding of free will and how Whatever I chose, I can still be in Gods favor. But like all of Gods work, that chapter 5 has left me with more questions which I need to continue on in my learning, deepening my understanding of God and developing that relationship. Read this and discover your question that will have you wanting to learn more. PS - I didn't like all the poems so skipped over most of them, but then again I am free to do that (LOL).
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stunning work of combined Christian and pagan thought, and a testament to personal courage in the face of physical annihilation, I found this book to be excellent at bringing me out of a deep despair.
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