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Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy

Facing execution because of the whim of a dictator, Boethius was alone in the world.  It was the 6th century, and he was trying to make sense of his situation.

To help himself, in that process, Boethius began to write.  What he wrote, thousands of years ago, still matters because the questions he posed remain significant to people century after century.

Writing without the aid of any other sources, Boethius contemplates a person's place in the world.  In the Introduction to this edition of The Consolation of Philosophy, we read these words about him:

This "dazzling masterpiece" was the inspired outpouring of a brilliant mind and a gentle soul who, when gazing out of his prison window, found solace by watching the stars, which kept their "ancient peace" pointing to the ... Love that ruled not only the heavens but also the lives of men.

His writing takes on even more significance when we realize that the Dark Ages were about to descend upon Europe.  Because Boethius' work survived, we are able to understand - at least to some extent - how people thought about things during his time in history.

Thanks to Ignatius Press and Google Books, much of this work is available for online reading.


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Book-cover image online, courtesy Ignatius Press and Google Books.

 

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