Consolation of Philosophy    -     Edited By: Victor Watts
    By: Ancius Boethius
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Consolation of Philosophy

Edited By: Victor Watts
Penguin Classics / 2000 / Paperback

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(PUBPenguin)Composed in the sixth century A.D., while its author was awaiting death on a charge of treason, this Christian treatise consoles readers with the tenets of Greek philosophy in the form of a dialogue on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will. Immensely influential in the Middle Ages. 154 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0140447806
ISBN-13: 9780140447804
UPC: 051488015000
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’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.

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