The Consolation of Philosophy
by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Victor Watts
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Boethius was a prominent public figure under the Gothic Emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek specialistWhen he became involved in a plot that was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned toTHE CONSOLATION was written in the period before its brutal executionIt is a dialogue of the alternation of prose and verse, between the patient, the prisoner and his “nurse” PhilosophyHis teaching on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restoring his health and bringing him enlightenmentCONSOLATION was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas had a great influence on the thinking of Chaucer and Dante
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