The Consolation of Philosophy

The Consolation of Philosophy

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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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Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780140447804
Branch Call Number: PB 189 BOE
Additional Contributors: Watts, V. E. (Victor Ernest)


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Jun 13, 2010

The text within Item Detalis > Reviews > Library Journal states that Slavitt is the translator for this version. This is incorrect. The translator is WV Cooper, who did it in 1902.

You should borrow the other copy, translated by Slavitt! It is much easier to read and understand, because it doesn't have all the "thees and thous" to wade through.

Jun 13, 2010

This is a great book; a bestseller for 1500 years. And even more important, this is an excellent translation. If you'be been stymied by other versions, with their "thees and thous", then you'll be extremely pleased by the clarity of the modern language, and its gripping transparency revealing the author's intent.

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