The Consolation of Philosophy

The Consolation of Philosophy

Revised Edition

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

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447804
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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.

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Table of Contents

The Consolation of Philosophy
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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

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