- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 155 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised Edition edition (May 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140447806
- ISBN-13: 978-0140447804
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Consolation of Philosophy (Penguin Classics) Revised Edition Edition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
From the Back Cover
The Consolation of Philosophy is perhaps unique in the nature and extent of its influence on Western thinking.
An eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, Boethius (c. A D 475-525) was also an exceptional Greek scholar and it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned when he fell from favour and was imprisoned in Pavia. 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, whose instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment.
The clarity of Boethius's thought and his breadth of vision made The Consolation of Philosophy hugely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas suffused the thought of Chaucer and Dante. This translation makes it accessible to the modern reader while losing nothing of Boethius's poetic artistry and philosophical brilliance.
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Having enjoyed a life of privilege, honour and comfort, Boethius found himself imprisoned for treason. The accusations against him were baseless but Boethius knew he was going to be executed anyway. (And he was)
While imprisoned alone in his dungeon cell, Boethius engaged in imaginary conversations and debates with Fortune and Philosophy on such topics as Fate, Philosophy and the fickleness of Fortune. He managed to write out these thoughts and his writings were published after his death.
The result was this timeless classic. This free Kindle download is certainly worth having. The translation is well done and should be easy for modern readers to follow.
My rating is for the Kindle formatting. The books are chapter and verse, and the numbers clump together sometimes, so it's hard to find your place in a group setting. If they have an update with the fixed formatting, I'd bump it to five stars. There are good notes, but again, the navigation is a bit messed up.