The Consolation of Philosophy

The Consolation of Philosophy

Revised Edition


Translator: Victor Watts
Introduction by: Victor Watts
Preface by: Victor Watts

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447804
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

‘Why else does slippery Fortune change
So much, and punishment more fit
For crime oppress the innocent?’

Written in prison before his brutal execution in AD 524, Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy is a conversation between the ailing prisoner and his ‘nurse’ Philosophy, whose instruction restores him to health and brings him to enlightenment. Boethius was an eminent public figure who had risen to great political heights in the court of King Theodoric when he was implicated in conspiracy and condemned to death. Although a Christian, it was to the pagan Greek philosophers that he turned for inspiration following his abrupt fall from grace. With great clarity of thought and philosophical brilliance, Boethius adopted the classical model of the dialogue to debate the vagaries of Fortune, and to explore the nature of happiness, good and evil, fate and free will.

Victor Watts’s English translation makes The Consolation of Philosophy accessible to the modern reader while losing nothing of its poetic artistry and breadth of vision. This edition includes an introduction discussing Boethius’s life and writings, a bibliography, glossary and notes.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
I. Introductory
II. Boethius’ Life and Writings
III. The Consolation of Philosophy
IV. The Christianity of Boethius
V. The Text

The Consolation of Philosophy
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V

Bibliography
Glossary

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