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The Consolation of Philosophy - Boethius .

The Consolation of Philosophy

By: Boethius ., P.G. Walsh (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780198152286
Number Of Pages: 240

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Boethius composed the Consolatio Philosophiae in the sixth century AD whilst awaiting death under torture. He had been condemned on a charge of treason which he protested was manifestly unjust. Though a convinced Christian, in detailing the true end of life which is the soul's knowledge of God, he consoled himself not with Christian precepts but with the tenets of Greek philosophy. This work dominated the intellectual world of the Middle Ages; writers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Jean de Meun, and Dante were inspired by it. In England it was rendered into Old English by Alfred the Great, into Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer, and later Queen Elizabeth I made her own translation. The circumstances of composition, the heroic demeanour of the author, and the `Menippean' texture (part prose, part verse; Boethius was a considerable poet) have combined to exercise a fascination over students of philosophy and of literature ever since. Professor Walsh has included an introduction and explanatory notes which combined with his new translation make the text accessible to general readers and scholars alike.

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`Both the notes and the thorough introduction to the work display Walsh's wide reading, erudition, and ease at addressing non-specialists.' The Classical Outlook, vol.78, no.2 `This volume fills a significant void in Boethian scholarship by providing the only thorough commentary on the "Consolatio" available in English.' The Classical Outlook, vol.78, no.2

Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. xi
Introductoryp. xi
Boethius' Life and Writingsp. xiii
The Consolation of Philosophyp. xxii
The Christianity of Boethiusp. xxxii
The Textp. xxxv
p. 3
p. 22
p. 47
p. 85
p. 116
Bibliographyp. 139
Glossaryp. 143
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ISBN: 9780198152286
ISBN-10: 0198152280
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st February 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.38

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