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Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. THE CONSOLATION was written in the period leading up to his brutal execution. It is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between the ailing pris ...more
Paperback, Revised, 192 pages
Published November 25th 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published 525)
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Huda Yahya
هو واحد من أجمل وأشهر الكتب التي تنتمي لأدب السجون

وقد كتبه بوئثيوس في في سجنه بعد أن حكم عليه ملك القوط بالاعدام بتهمة الخيانة العظمى

عُرفت رسالته الخالدة تلك بعزاء الفلسفة أي التعزي بها واتخاذها سلوى وعلاج

فقد بثها تأملاته الفلسفية في لحظاته الأخيرة وشرح كيف أن التأمل الروحاني يروِّض النفس ويجعلها أكثر تقبلًا للمحن والشدائد

تعلم بوئثيوس في سجنه أن يرى الأمور في حجمها الحقيقي وأن يتسامى ليدرك المعني

ترجع أهمية بوئثيوس إلى ترجمته مخطوطات الفلسفة ورسائل أرسطو كما حول برسالته الفلسفة من صيغة نظرية إل
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Trevor
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I’ve meant to read this for a very long time, probably since I found out that the title of The Consolations of Philosophy, another book I quite enjoyed, was borrowed from this one. In case you don’t know the background, I’ll be quick. The writer was leading a perfectly satisfactory life (in fact, even better than satisfactory) when one day everything went seriously yuck (in case you need a theme song to understand this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyAJWh... – you can’t say I don’t try to provi ...more
Gary
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You ever wonder why God (or the universe) would allow a truly awful human being like Donald Trump to flourish? I do and this book delves into that kind of question with gusto. The author, Boethius, through his dialog with the lady, Philosophy, tells us and much more. There is no cop out with his answers. It's not the standard Christian drivel that we will be rewarded in an infinite after life nothing as easy as that.

Not to take way from the author, but the answer is along the lines that God (or
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Mark Adderley
Why does a good God allow bad things to happen to good people? And why does He allow bad people to get away with doing bad things?

In 524, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius was executed, most likely by strangulation, on a charge of treason. Whilst languishing in prison, he wrote a book that was to become one of the most influential philosophical tracts of the next thousand years, The Consolation of Philosophy.

Boethius is himself the narrator of the book. He speculates on being visited, in his pl
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Ezgi
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: düşünce, yabancı
525 senesinde öldüğü düşünülen bir adamı okumak istememdeki nedenler şöyleydi:
1- Felsefenin kadın olarak zuhur etmesi (güzel imge)
2- Yazar, haksızlığa uğratılıp idama mahkum edildiğinden gider ayak sağlam bir şeyler keşfetmiş olabilirdi.
3- "Kader / özgür irade problemi" takıntılı bir insan olarak hiçbir dinin ve felsefenin hala çözemediği bu sorunla ilgili bulabileceğim yeni bir şeyler olabilirdi.
4- Daha birkaç sene önceki felsefe derslerinde Boethius'u okumayı kafama koymuştum.

İlk ikisiyle ilg
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booklady
The Consolation of Philosophy is about listening to your inner Voice of Reason. Boethius, the author, personified our conscience by employing a feature familiar to his audience, an imaginary dialogue between self and one’s muse, who in his case was Lady Philosophy. This technique and the ensuing exchange reminded me of similar literary encounters with mythical beings. I could visualize her as Tolkien’s Galadriel appearing (to Frodo) when most needed bringing astutely applicable advice also of a ...more
Jan-Maat
Written by Boethius while under arrest for allegedly plotting against the Ostrogothic King.

Boethius writes out conversations, interspersed with poems, between himself and a personification of Philosophy who encourages him to reject concerns with the world and concentrate on the eternal instead. While cursing his evil fortune, Philosophy appears and upbraids Boethius for abandoning her and devoting himself to worldly concerns instead of learning and Christianity. As the dialogues progress, Boethi
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Edward
Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Summary of the Treatise
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Boethius' Life and Times


--The Consolation of Philosophy

Explanatory Notes
Index and Glossary of Names
Julie Davis
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never heard of The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius until a couple of years ago when a friend mentioned, somewhat diffidently, that she was reading it. She said just enough to intrigue me and the book looked intriguingly short. It went onto my mental "read someday" list and that was as far as I got.

Until now. Corey Olsen's first Mythgard Academy class on The Consolation of Philosophy hit my iTunes feed. I've mentioned the Mythgard classes before, especially those to do with the Lord of th
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Steven
I first read Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy several years ago, before I ended up studying philosophy more formally. I greatly appreciated it back then, and, when I recently felt the urge to revisit it, I decided to try this new translation by David R. Slavitt, figuring that I'd not only reread it, but also re-experience it (which is what a new translation often helps you do). The translation is very contemporary and verging on the informal, which makes it highly readable. I personally ...more
Fil
Confused at how to rate this one.

As a work of late Antiquity literature it is a masterpiece (beautifully translated by Mr. Slavitt) and I am happy to have read it, specially the first three books, which deal with human happiness and how to achieve it. Readers of self-help books (self-help, pffft!) would be better off reading this than the vacuous, laughable books of our time.

As a theological work, it is less than convincing. Books IV and V remind me of Augustine's 'The City Of God', circular re
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Ezgi Tülü
Mar 31, 2018 marked it as maybe-to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Maybe-to-read"e ekliyorum çünkü her ne kadar okumayı istesem de, başına geçip okur muyum, emin değilim. Survey of English Literature dersinde birkaçtır karşıma çıktığı için bir noktada göz atsam güzel olur.

Yanılmıyorsam geçen dönem Geoffrey Chaucer'ın The Franklin's Tale'inde, bu dönem de Alexander Pope'un An Essay on Man'inde konusu geçmişti.
Chelsea Rae
this translation was super readable but that's not even what i want to write about. listen. listen. this book was printed with 1.5 spacing and it is INCREDIBLE. you can underline things without crossing out the line beneath! you don't have to squint at the page! reading experience 10000% improved by the layout of this edition.
M.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nondum forte quid loquar intellegis. Mirim est quad dicere gestio, eoque sententiam verbis explicare vix queo." Ne dediğimi belki şu an anlamıyorsun. Aslında söylemeye çalıştığım şey o kadar heyecan verici ki, düşüncemi kelimelerle açıklayamıyorum."

Tam adıyla anicius manlius severinus boethius’un philosophiae consolatio’su türkçe’ye kabalcı yayınları’nın “humanitas yunan ve latin klasikleri” serisi içinde şahane bir baskıyla kazandırılmış.

kitabın sayfaları sarı ve adeta eski kağıtları andırıyo
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Yann
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boèce est un philosophe et homme politique romain du 6ème siècle, chrétien, qui vécut à la cour du roi Ostrogoth Théodoric. Élevé dans une famille de patriciens, il exerça trois fois le consulat, mais tomba en disgrâce du fait de la jalousie de ses ennemis, et fut jeté en prison, promis à une mort certaine. Ce revers de fortune dut être dur à supporter, et il écrivit ce texte pendant sa captivité. Alors qu'il se lamente, entouré par les Muses, la Raison arrive et chasse ces importunes, pour arra ...more
Everyman
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Consolation of Philosophy was arguably the second most important text in Western Thought, after the Bible, for more than a thousand years. It was widely read and studied, translated (from the original Latin) by a broad range of people including King Alfred, Queen Elizabeth I, and Geoffrey Chaucer. In a day before printing, when books had to be hand-copied, a copy could be found in almost every serious reader's library.

Boethius was central figure in 6th Century Rome. In addition to holding h
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John
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
There is really nothing I can add to the body of praise and criticism on this work, so I will make my comments as simple and subjective as possible.

If read in a certain way, Boethius's work is still applicable as a sort of self-help guide to those suffering life's sinister doldrums. Its central idea is that there is suffering, but that such suffering can be okay. Some of the philosophy is a reflection of earlier work (Aristotle makes a number of appearances), but the ground that Boethius re-cov
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Crito
Like if Augustine had taken a few too many dank rips from his neoplatonism bong. I suppose if I were on death row I too would write a self insert fanfic about my waifu.
Ron
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: students of the Dark Ages
One of the most influential books of the Middle Ages, bridging the passing of classical culture and rise of Medieval Europe.

Invaluable aid to understanding the worldview of Medieval man. For a scholarly analysis of what and how, refer to C. S. Lewis's The Discarded Image ISBN 0521477352.

Paradoxically, another complementary text is Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, (ISBN 0385418493) covering the same period when Boethius' influence was greatest (though Cahill offers Augustine as
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Melika Khoshnezhad
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
فلسفه ی قرون وسطا با وجود ماهیت وابسته ای که به مسیحیت داره می تونه همچنان خیلی جذاب باشه. و بوئتیوس بدون شک مثل توماس و آگوستینوس از جذاب ترین فیلسوف های قرون وسطاست. این کتاب رو بوئتیوس در زندان نوشته وقتی که به جرم خیانت دستگیر میشه و در اون حال که به همه بی اعتماده و عقایدش متزلزل شدن، بانوی فلسفه میاد پیشش و با هم درباره ی همه ی مسائل مهم از منشا خیر، خود خیر، شر، اختیار، ضروریت و خیلی چیزهای دیگه حرف می زنن و استدلال های بانوی فلسفه خیلی جالبن. اما در کل چیزی که برای من جالب بود هیچ کدوم ا ...more
Jesse Broussard
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How absolutely delightful: an honest use for Philosophy. Never again will I agree with Edward de Vere that there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently: here is a man who endured a dungeon and finally an unjust death. Here is yet another example of the proof that "Wisdom infinite must form the best" world; if it took the torment of Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius to create his magnum opus, which of us would deny that, if he must die, as he must, this method of his ...more
Ahmad Badghaish
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
في البداية, صعب أتكلم عن الكتاب بدون ما أشرح فكرته. بوئثيوس هو من مواليد القرن الثالث الميلادي, اهتم بالفلسفة,واشتغل في السياسة بمبادئه, ودافع عن مصالح الشعب, مما دفع بقية السياسيين لتلفيق التهم ضده, مما أدى للحكم عليه بالإعدام. وهنا ظهر هذا الكتاب. الكتاب كُتب في فترة سجنه قبيل تنفيذ حكم الإعدام. يتكلم فيه عن الخير والشر وعن الإنسان والإله وغيرها من الأمور. أظن الهدف الأساسي من الكتاب كان مواساة نفسه, أظن هذا الشي اللي فهمته من طبيعة الكتاب. عظيم جدًا, وكثير حبيته
Berfin Kanat
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felsefe okuması yapmak isteyenlere şiddetle tavsiye ediyorum. Sohbet tarzı yazıldığı için sıkılmadan okunan, yaşama dair çok güzel öğütler barındıran bir kitap.
Roy Lotz
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
“He would have been remarkably in any age; in the age in which he lived, he is utterly amazing.”
—Betrand Russell on Boethius.

First of all, this is a beautiful book. Boethius—himself in a horrible situation—strives to use the extent of his philosophic powers to condole others who are suffering, and to maintain a positive view of humanity and the universe. That the man could have written this while awaiting death shows that he was a true philosopher—I probably would have spent my time in jail wri
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Northpapers
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point, I think of God as a concept you either grant or don't. The constraints of any discipline by which we aim to prove or disprove the unlimited divine are insurmountable, as most of our thinking and the vocabulary it's built upon is an exploration of limits.

I'm not arguing the idea, but I thought it was worth mentioning because it framed my reading of Boethius.

I've been doing a read-through of Western Philosophy. Boethius's appearance into the arena of Western thought is nicely situat
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Dave Maddock
I'm told that medievals thought Boethius was the man. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis also apparently thought his argumentation was compelling. Then I started a class on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde which is steeped in Boethian thought. So, after years of hearing how great this guy was I finally decided that I had to read this book. How disappointing. It is little more than a case study in the perils of motivated reasoning.

The book addresses four related metaphysical problems: why bad things happen to
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Daria
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
As other reviewers have mentioned, dead useful as a background text to medieval Western literature - because it was the background text of medieval Western literature. It is clear and relatively easy to follow. As far as its consolatory abilities, I'm a little more dubious. The entire consolation hinges on the fact that God exists, and, well, if that foundation is shaky, then we can't say much about what's built upon it. Can it be read today with its original intentions? Perhaps. I found the sor ...more
Suzanne
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The reading of a book about consolation came at a time in my life when I am in need of consolation in a way that I have not been needful for many years.

Boethius undertook this writing as he awaited execution and his need for consolation was great indeed. Greater than mine certainly.

And although I found compelling his approach to answering the questions of free will v foreknowledge and why evil seems to exist in a world where only good was created I found no consolation there.

I kept waiting to
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Stephanie Ricker
The Consolation of Philosophy turned out to be brilliant. I highly recommend it! It’s very short, but very dense. I think I fully digested maybe one-half of what was actually contained in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed Boethius’ devastatingly logical approach to the huge questions in life. It reminded me of something, and at first I couldn’t put my finger on it. I finally figured out that it was very reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ theological writings. It has that same inexorable logic and the same ...more
Robin Friedman
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Rare And Varied Consolation

Boethius's "The Consolation of Philosophy" is a rare and unusual philosophical work in that it continues to be read by many people who are not philosophers or students of philosophy. This is witnessed by the thoughtful reader reviews here on Amazon. The work continues to be read, I think, because Boethius placed his philosophy in the context of his own experience. The book has a personal and immediate tone. Boethius also broadened the book to make his own experience
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  • The Major Works
  • On the Good Life
  • On Christian Doctrine
  • The Idea of a University
  • The First and Second Apologies (Ancient Christian Writers)
  • A History of Philosophy, Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy, from Augustine to Duns Scotus
  • Selected Writings
  • The Enneads
  • The History of the Franks
  • Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
  • The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Philosophical Fragments
  • The Basic Works of Aristotle
  • Protagoras
  • Pensées
  • The Complete Works
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
  • The Romance of the Rose
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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, commonly called Boethius (bow-EE-thee-us; ca. 480–524 or 525 AD) was a philosopher of the early 6th century. He was born in Rome to an ancient and prominent family which included emperors Petronius Maximus and Olybrius and many consuls. His father, Flavius Manlius Boethius, was consul in 487 after Odoacer deposed the last Western Roman Emperor. Boethius, of the ...more
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