The Consolation of Philosophy -

The Consolation of Philosophy

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Boethius composed the De Consolatione Philosophiae in the sixth century AD whilst awaiting death under torture, condemned on a charge of treason which he protested was manifestly unjust. Though a convinced Christian, in detailing the true end of life which is the soul's knowledge of God, he consoled himself not with Christian precepts but with the tenets of Greek philosophy. This work dominated the intellectual world of the Middle Ages; writers as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, Jean de Meun, and Dante were inspired by it. In England it was rendered in to Old English by Alfred the Great, into Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer, and later Queen Elizabeth I made her own translation. The circumstances of composition, the heroic demeanour of the author, and the 'Menippean' texture of part prose, part verse have combined to exercise a fascination over students of philosophy and literature ever since.

Product code: 9780199540549

ISBN 9780199540549
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H197xW129xS11
Series Oxford World's Classics
No. Of Pages 240
Publisher Oxford University Press
"First published as an Oxford world's classics paperback 2000. Reissued 2008"--Copyright page.