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The Consolation of Philosophy

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

Consolation of Philosophy (Latin: Consolatio Philosophiae) is a philosophical work by Boethius written in about the year 524 AD. It has been described as the single most important and influential work in the West in medieval and early Renaissance Christianity, and is also the last great work that can be called Classical. Consolation of Philosophy was written during Boethius' one year imprisonment while awaiting trial, and eventual horrific execution, for the crime of treason by Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great. Boethius was at the very heights of power in Rome and was brought down by treachery. It was from this experience he was inspired to write a philosophical book from prison reflecting on how a lord's favor could change so quickly and why friends would turn against him. It has been described as “by far the most interesting example of prison literature the world has ever seen.” The Consolation of Philosophy stands, by its note of fatalism and its affinities with the Christian doctrine of humility, midway between the heathen philosophy of Seneca the Younger and the later Christian philosophy of consolation represented by Thomas Aquinas. The book is heavily influenced by Plato and his dialogues (as was Boethius himself). (Summary from Wikipedia)

Consolation of Philosophy (Latin: Consolatio Philosophiae) is a philosophical work by Boethius written in about the year 524 AD. It has been described as the single most important and influential work in the West in medieval and early Renaissance Christianity, and is also the last great work that can be called Classical. Consolation of Philosophy was written during Boethius' one year imprisonment while awaiting trial, and eventual horrific execution, for the crime of treason by Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great. Boethius was at the very heights of power in Rome and was brought down by treachery. It was from this experience he was inspired to write a philosophical book from prison reflecting on how a lord's favor could change so quickly and why friends would turn against him. It has been described as “by far the most interesting example of prison literature the world has ever seen.” The Consolation of Philosophy stands, by its note of fatalism and its affinities with the Christian doctrine of humility, midway between the heathen philosophy of Seneca the Younger and the later Christian philosophy of consolation represented by Thomas Aquinas. The book is heavily influenced by Plato and his dialogues (as was Boethius himself). (Summary from Wikipedia)
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Philosophy

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Consolation of Philosophy (Latin: Consolatio Philosophiae) is a philosophical work by Boethius written in about the year 524 AD. It has been described as the single most important and influential work in the West in medieval and early Renaissance Christianity, and is also the last great work that can be called Classical. Consolation of Philosophy was written during Boethius' one year imprisonment while awaiting trial, and eventual horrific execution, for the crime of treason by Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great. Boethius was at the very heights of power in Rome and was brought down by treachery. It was from this experience he was inspired to write a philosophical book from prison reflecting on how a lord's favor could change so quickly and why friends would turn against him. It has been described as “by far the most interesting example of prison literature the world has ever seen.” The Consolation of Philosophy stands, by its note of fatalism and its affinities with the Christian doctrine of humility, midway between the heathen philosophy of Seneca the Younger and the later Christian philosophy of consolation represented by Thomas Aquinas. The book is heavily influenced by Plato and his dialogues (as was Boethius himself). (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

5h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:36