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De consolatione philosophiae 26 editions

Cover of: De consolatione philosophiae by Boethius
About the Book

Ancinus Boethius (ca. 480-524 AD) came from a politically connected family. He was a Roman senator by the age of 25, eventually becoming a Consul, as was his father and eventually both of his sons. Although these roles were political, he was primarily a philosopher who valued principle. Perhaps it was inevitable that he would fall out on the wrong side of a political issue. About 524, he was arrested for treason, stripped of all of his property and imprisoned in exile in Pavia, knowing that he would eventually be killed. He claimed that evidence against him was fabricated and he was innocent; there is no way to know now.

While he was in prison, Boethius wrote this book. In this allegorical prose and verse conversation between himself and the character of Philosophy, the author looks clearly at the coincidences and vagaries of fortune, the meaning of happiness, the aspects of free will, and the roles of good and evil. He uses Philosophy's instruction to comfort and enlighten him, a philosopher to the end.

In 524 or 525 AD, Boethius was tortured and bludgeoned to death. He died that day, but the wealth he left in Consolation of Philosophy is timeless. Rich in references to many classical scholars, this book was a staple of medieval Europe's study, and underpins later works by Dante and Chaucer.

So why read an old book like this now? Life is hard, bad things happen, the veneer of civilization is thin. Instead of resorting to bitterness in his imprisonment, instead of retreating into the role of falsely accused victim, Boethius spent his condemned days writing what is perhaps the greatest work about the persistent nobility of the human spirit. This book is an inspiration that pays tribute to every wounded human who still gets up in the morning, puts on both socks and shoes and does his or her best to live, to heal, to survive, to thrive. Consolation of Philosophy opens a window of awe into the persistence and reach of the human spirit in a way that has everything to do with inspiration and nothing to do with religion. This should be required reading for every health care practitioner, every police officer, every attorney, every social worker, anyone whose work requires the recounting of suffering on a daily basis. Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." The corollary to that is: the examined life of a sentient human is not for the faint of heart. This book arms each sentient human with tools that allow the examined life for self and others.

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26 editions First published in 1476

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Cover of: Avicij Torquati Severini Boecij...textus deph[ilosoph]ie [con]solac[i]one
Cover of: Avicii Manlij Torquati Severini Boccij... de consolatione philosophiae....
1481, per me Johannem Koelhoff de Lubick
Avicii Manlij Torquati Severini Boccij... de consolatione philosophiae....
in Latin
Cover of: Boetius De consolatione
1524, cura sumptibusq[que] heredu[m] Octaviani Scoti
Boetius De consolatione
in Latin
Cover of: Della consolazione della filosofia
1572, appresso Giorgio Marescotti
Della consolazione della filosofia
in Italian
Cover of: Boecio De consolacion
1604, Iuan de Bostillo
Boecio De consolacion
in Spanish
Cover of: Anicii Manlii Torquati Severini Boethii de consolatione philosophiae libri V.
Cover of: An. Manl. Sever Boethii Consolationis philosophiae libri V.
1671, Ex officinâ Hackiana
An. Manl. Sever Boethii Consolationis philosophiae libri V.
in Latin
Cover of: King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Boethius 'De consolatione philosophiae'.
Cover of: Althochdeutsches Lesebuch enthaltend die althochdeutsche Übersetzung der Consolatio Philosophiae des Boethius
Cover of: Anicii Manlii Severini Boetii Philosophiae consolationis libri quinque
Cover of: KingAlfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Boethius 'De consolatione philosophiae'.
Cover of: The consolation of philosophy of Boethius
1897, Elliot Stock
The consolation of philosophy of Boethius
in English
Cover of: The consolation ofphilosophy of Boethius
1906, George Routledge
The consolation ofphilosophy of Boethius
in English
Cover of: De consolatione philosophiae.
1925, Burno Oates & Washbourne
De consolatione philosophiae.
in Latin
Cover of: De consolatione philosophiae
1927, Oxford University Press for the Early English Text Society
De consolatione philosophiae
in English
Cover of: Chaucer's translation of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae
1948, Microcard Editions
Chaucer's translation of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae
Microform in English, Middle (1100-1500)
Cover of: The consolation of philosophy
1962, Bobbs-Merrill
The consolation of philosophy
in English
Cover of: The consolation of philosophy
1963, Centaur Press
The consolation of philosophy
in English
Cover of: Queen Elizabeth's Englishings of Boethius, De consolatione philosophiae, A.D. 1593. Plutarch, De curiositate, A.D. 1598. Horace, De arte poetica (part) A.D. 1598
Cover of: Consolación de la philosophia
1966, [s.n.]
Consolación de la philosophia
in Spanish
Cover of: Chaucer's "Boece"
1967, Johnson Reprint Corporation, JohnsonReprint Company
Chaucer's "Boece"
in English, Middle (1100-1500)
Cover of: The consolation of philosophy
1969, Penguin
The consolation of philosophy
in English
Cover of: Chaucer's translation of Boethius's 'De consolatione philosophiae'
1969, Published for the Early English Text Society by Oxford University Press
Chaucer's translation of Boethius's 'De consolatione philosophiae'
in English - 1st ed. reprinted.
Cover of: De consolatione philosophiae
1971, Early English Text Society, Kraus Reprint Co
De consolatione philosophiae
in English
Cover of: Eine  altfranzösische Übersetzung der Consolatio philosophiae des Boethius (Handschrift Troyes Nr 898)
Cover of: Konsolo de la filozofio
1984, Kardo
Konsolo de la filozofio
in Esperanto

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