Consolation of Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0486421635

ISBN-13: 9780486421636

Edition: 2002

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Landmark of Western thought written by a 6th-century Roman statesman and philosopher awaiting execution. Comprising a dialogue in alternating prose and verse between Boethius and his spiritual guardian, the book concerns happiness: how to achieve and maintain it amid life's inevitable pain. A cornerstone of medieval humanism, the work remains a source of comfort and consolation for contemporary readers. Translated with an introduction and notes by Richard Green.
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Book details

List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

Preface
Introduction
Introductory
Boethius' Life and Writings
The Consolation of Philosophy
The Christianity of Boethius
The Text
Bibliography
Glossary
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