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Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (Unabridged)

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Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (Unabridged)
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ISBN: 9781781982167
Download Size: 322 Mb
Running Time: 04:50:52
Digital UPC: 9781781982167

Release Date: February 2019
Originally recorded in 2019
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Peter Wickham
Spoken Word

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Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy (Unabridged)
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Read by Peter Wickham

Charged with treason under Theodoric the Great in sixth-century Rome, Boethius served one year’s imprisonment, awaiting trial and eventual execution. During this time, he wrote The Consolation of Philosophy, which would go on to be one of the most popular philosophical works of all time, contributing much to medieval thought and influencing the likes of Dante and Chaucer, as well as Renaissance writers such as Milton and Shakespeare. Grieving over the injustice of his imprisonment, Boethius meditates on the nature of God, the fickleness of Fortune, the idea of free will, why bad things happen to good people, and the nature of happiness. His arguments take the form of a rich and exquisite dialogue between himself and Lady Philosophy, and make many allusions to classical Greek and Roman literature in an attempt to create a coherent philosophy that supports his world view. It has been declared a ‘golden volume not unworthy of the leisure of Plato or Tully’ (Edward Gibbon).

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