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The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius
Translated and edited by Peter Walsh

July 2008

ISBN: 9780199540549

240 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Boethius composed the De Consolatione Philosophiae in the sixth century AD whilst awaiting death under torture, 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 in to 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 of part prose, part verse have combined to exercise a fascination over students of philosophy and literature ever since.

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Boethius

Translated and edited by Peter Walsh, Emeritus Professor of Humanity, University of Glasgow

Reviews

"Probably the best history and, indeed philosophy book of all time" - Bettany Hughes The Times

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