The Consolation of Philosophy: Revised Edition

The Consolation of Philosophy: Revised Edition

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Overview

Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. The Consolation was written in the period leading up to his brutal execution. It is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between the ailing prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy. Her instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment. The Consolation was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas were influential on the thought of Chaucer and Dante.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140447804
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 68,563
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ancius Boethius (c. A.D.480-524) was a Roman philosopher and is considered one of the last authentic representatives of the classical world, in both his life and writings. It is through Boethius' translations that the knowledge of Aristotle has survived in the West.

Victor Watts read Classics and English at Merton College Oxford. He is Master of Grey College and part-time Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Linguistics at Durham University.

Table of Contents

The Consolation of Philosophy
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Introduction
I. Introductory
II. Boethius' Life and Writings
III. The Consolation of Philosophy
IV. The Christianity of Boethius
V. The Text

The Consolation of Philosophy
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Bibliography
Glossary

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