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 The Consolation of Philosophy : Penguin Classics - Boethius

The Consolation of Philosophy

Penguin Classics

By: Boethius

Paperback Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9780140447804
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 18+ years old

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An eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, Boethius (c. AD 475-525) was also an exceptional Greek scholar and it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned when he fell from favour and was imprisoned in Pavia. 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, whose instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restores his health and brings him to enlightenment.

The clarity of Boethius's thought and his breadth of vision made The Consolation of Philosophy hugely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas suffused the thought of Chaucer and Dante. This translation makes it accessible to the modern reader while losing nothing of Boethius's poetic artistry and philosophical brilliance.

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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.

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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: 9780140447804
ISBN-10: 0140447806
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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