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The Consolation of Philosophy By Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

The Consolation of Philosophy by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

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Boethius wrote this work in the 6th century AD while awaiting torture and death on a charge of treason. Though a 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.

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The Consolation of Philosophy by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

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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GOR003979611
9780192838834
0192838830
The Consolation of Philosophy by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2000-02-03
240
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