The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

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Read The Consolation of Philosophy Online Free - Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. THE CONSOLATION was 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. Her instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment. THE CONSOLATION was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas were influential on the thought of Chaucer and Dante.

Title : The Consolation of Philosophy
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ISBN : 0140447806
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

December 26, 2009

I’ve meant to read this for a very long time, probably since I found out that the title of The Consolations of Philosophy, another book I quite enjoyed, was borrowed from this one. In case you don’t know the background, I’ll be quick. The writer was leading a perfectly satisfactory life (in fact,...

Gary rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2016

You ever wonder why God (or the universe) would allow a truly awful human being like Donald Trump to flourish? I do and this book delves into that kind of question with gusto. The author, Boethius, through his dialog with the lady, Philosophy, tells us and much more. There is no cop out with his...

Mark rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2012

Why does a good God allow bad things to happen to good people? And why does He allow bad people to get away with doing bad things? In 524, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was executed, most likely by strangulation, on a charge of treason. Whilst languishing in prison, he wrote a book that was t...

booklady rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2015

The Consolation of Philosophy is about listening to your inner Voice of Reason. Boethius, the author, personified our conscience by employing a feature familiar to his audience, an imaginary dialogue between self and one’s muse, who in his case was Lady Philosophy. This technique and the ensuing...

Edward rated it ★★★★☆

May 02, 2016

Preface and Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Summary of the Treatise Note on the Text Select Bibliography A Chronology of Boethius' Life and Times --The Consolation of Philosophy Explanatory Notes Index and Glossary of Names

Julie rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

I never heard of The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius until a couple of years ago when a friend mentioned, somewhat diffidently, that she was reading it. She said just enough to intrigue me and the book looked intriguingly short. It went onto my mental "read someday" list and that was as far...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

I first read Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy several years ago, before I ended up studying philosophy more formally. I greatly appreciated it back then, and, when I recently felt the urge to revisit it, I decided to try this new translation by David R. Slavitt, figuring that I'd not only...

Fil rated it ★★★☆☆

November 06, 2012

Confused at how to rate this one. As a work of late Antiquity literature it is a masterpiece (beautifully translated by Mr. Slavitt) and I am happy to have read it, specially the first three books, which deal with human happiness and how to achieve it. Readers of self-help books (self-help, pffft...

John rated it ★★★★★

June 28, 2012

There is really nothing I can add to the body of praise and criticism on this work, so I will make my comments as simple and subjective as possible. If read in a certain way, Boethius's work is still applicable as a sort of self-help guide to those suffering life's sinister doldrums. Its central...

Crito rated it ★★★☆☆

September 16, 2017

Like if Augustine had taken a few too many dank rips from his neoplatonism bong. I suppose if I were on death row I too would write a self insert fanfic about my waifu.

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