De consolatione philosophiae: Opuscula theologica

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Walter de Gruyter, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
28
Section 3
58
Section 4
100
Section 5
136
Section 6
165
Section 7
181
Section 8
182
Section 9
185
Section 10
194
Section 11
195
Section 12
206
Section 13
241
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Born of a distinguished family, Boethius received the best possible education in the liberal arts in Athens and then entered public life under Theodoric the Ostrogoth, ruler of Italy. Boethius obtained the highest office, but was later accused of treason, imprisoned, and executed. In the dungeon of Alvanzano, near Milan, during his imprisonment, he composed "The Consolation of Philosophy," a remarkable piece of prose literature as well as philosophy. Boethius's outlook, like that of all the Church Fathers, was Platonistic, but he preserved much of the elementary logic of Aristotle. Boethius reported in his commentaries the views of Aristotelians even when they disagreed with his Platonism. Thus he created an interest in Aristotle in subsequent centuries and provided a basis for the introduction of Aristotle's works into Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Boethius was put to death in 526.

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