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Boethius: The Consolations of Music, Logic, Theology, and Philosophy Hardcover – November 12, 1981

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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press (November 12, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019826447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198264477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Given the range of Chadwick's learning, the balance of his judgement, and felicity of his style, it is hard to conceive of a better general introduction appearing for some time ... a fine summary of current scholarship on Boethius.' Classical Philology

`Professor Chadwick has written a book to be re-read, puzzled over, and quarrelled with. All would-be theologians should read it.' Religious Studies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Henry Chadwick, formerly Master, Peterhouse, Cambridge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Platonicus on October 16, 2002
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The accomplished scholar Henry Chadwick, in his work Boethius: The Consolations of Music, Logic, Theology, and Philosophy, has produced a well-rounded, critical approach to the life and influence, to the writings and teachings, of the philosopher, statesman, and Catholic saint, Boethius. First off, Chadwick provides a fairly extensive sketch of the religious and political milieu of the declining west that Boethius was born into: the relations between Romans and Goths, Catholics and Arians, between Church and State, Platonism and Christianity, are all laid out in a clear and concise fashion. This overview, while treating the aspects of Boethius rearing, education, and career, leads all the way to his tragic death. From here, Chadwick begins his artful analysis of Boethius works: his exploits in the fields of music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy are dealt with briefly. Then Chadwick handles the efforts of Boethius within the fields of logic and rhetoric; he surveys the scholar's writings and commentaries upon the works of Aristotle and many of the preeminent adherents of the school of Neoplatonism. Next, the Christian Theology of Boethius is surfaced through Chadwick's exposition upon the five theological tractates of the scholar. And finally, Boethius' masterwork, The Consolation of Philosophy, is given a fairly extensive analysis which brings to light the religion and philosophy of the Saint [feast of St Boethius Oct. 23]. Overall, this is a comprehensive study of the last of the Romans, and first of the scholastics [as Lorenza Valla put it], which touches upon everything of primary significance in this great man's life and labor.Read more ›
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