Consolation of Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0872205835
ISBN-13: 9780872205833
Edition: 2001
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

''Entirely faithful to Boethius' Latin; it makes the philosophy of the Consolation intelligible to students; it gives equal weight to the poetry -- in fact, Relihan's metrical translation of Boethius' metra are themselves contributions of the first moment to Boethian studies. Boethius finally has a translator equal to his prodigious talents and his manifold vision.''-- Joseph Pucci, Brown University. Joel Relihan is Associate Professor of Classics, Wheaton College.

Born of a distinguished family, Boethius received the best possible education in the liberal arts in Athens and then entered public life under Theodoric the Ostrogoth, ruler of Italy. Boethius obtained the highest office, but was later accused of treason, imprisoned, and executed. In the dungeon of Alvanzano, near Milan, during his imprisonment, he composed "The Consolation of Philosophy," a remarkable piece of prose literature as well as philosophy. Boethius's outlook, like that of all the Church Fathers, was Platonistic, but he preserved much of the elementary logic of Aristotle. Boethius reported in his commentaries the views of Aristotelians even when they disagreed with his Platonism. Thus he created an interest in Aristotle in subsequent centuries and provided a basis for the introduction of Aristotle's works into Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Boethius was put to death in 526.

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