De vertroosting van de filosofie Boethius

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Published: 2010

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De vertroosting van de filosofie  by  Boethius

De vertroosting van de filosofie by Boethius
2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 264 pages | ISBN: | 7.29 Mb

Boethius composed De Consolation Philosophiae in the 6th century while awaiting death by torture, condemned on a charge of plotting against Gothic rule, which he protested as manifestly unjust. Though a Christian, Boethius details the true end of life as the souls knowledge of God, & consoles himself with the tenets of Greek philosophy, not with Christian precepts.

Written in a form called Meippean Satire that alternates between prose & verse, Boethius work often consists of a story told by Ovid or Horace to illustrate the philosophy being expounded. The Consolation of Philosophy dominated the intellectual world of the Middle Ages. It inspired writers as diverse Thomas Aquinas, Jean de Meun & Dante. In England it was rendered into Old English by Alfred the Great, into Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Later Queen Elizabeth I made her own translation. The circumstances of composition, the heroic demeanor of the author, & the Meippean texture of part prose, part verse have been a fascination for students of philosophy, literature & religion ever since.



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