The Consolation of Philosophy: Boethius / Edition 1

The Consolation of Philosophy: Boethius / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
002346450X
ISBN-13:
9780023464508
Pub. Date:
01/01/1962
Publisher:
Pearson
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The Consolation of Philosophy: Boethius / Edition 1

The Consolation of Philosophy
Boethius
Translated into English Prose and Verse by H. R. James

The Consolation of Philosophy (Latin: DE CONSOLATIONE PHILOSOPHIÆ) is a work by the sixth-century philosopher Boethius that has been described as having had the single most important influence on the Christianity of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance and as the last great work of the Classical Period.

The Consolation of Philosophy was written in AD 523 during a one-year imprisonment Boethius served while awaiting trial - and eventual execution - for the alleged crime of treason under the Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great. Boethius was at the very heights of power in Rome and was brought down by treachery. This experience inspired the text, which reflects on how evil can exist in a world governed by God (the problem of theodicy), and how happiness can be attainable amidst fickle fortune, while also considering the nature of happiness and God. It has been described as "by far the most interesting example of prison literature the world has ever seen."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780023464508
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 01/01/1962
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 606,832
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ix(16)
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY xxv(1)
NOTE ON THE TEXT xxvi
THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY
Book I 3(18)
Book II 21(21)
Book III 42(33)
Book IV 75(26)
Book V 101(20)
SUMMARY 121(10)
INDEX 131

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