The consolation of philosophy
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The consolation of philosophy

By Boethius
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"The lions of Carthage, though they bear the gorgeous bonds and trappings of captivity, and eat the food that is given them by hand, and though they fear their harsh master with his lash they know so well; yet if once blood has touched their bristling jaws, their old, their latent wills return; with deep roaring they remember their old selves; they loose their bands and free their necks, and their tamer is the first torn by their cruel teeth, and his blood is poured out by their rage and wrath. from Book III The Consolation of Philosophy was the single most popular book (after the Bible) during the Middle Ages. It is written as a conversation between Boethius and the spirit of Philosophy in the form of a beautiful woman. Boethius, imprisoned, tells Philosophy of his frustration and despair. She responds with compassionate teaching, preaching detachment and reminding Boethius that he must accept that Fortunes Wheel turns for all. Readers interested in the history of Christian thought and students of the Middle Ages will want to read this influential, classic work of Christian philosophy. Roman philosopher ANICIUS MANLIUS SEVERINUS BOETHIUS (c. 480524) was a scholar, translator, and Christian thinker whose influence was still widely felt a thousand years after his death. He preserved classic works by Aristotle, Plato, and others by translating them into Latin. His translations of Greek texts on mathematics, geometry, music, and astronomy were used in universities for hundreds of years. He was not able to complete all of his ambitious projects before his execution in 524 by Theodoric the Great, whom he had served for many years."

Table of Contents
  • THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY OF BOETHIUS.
  • Translated into English Prose and Verse
    • by
  • H.R. JAMES, M.A., CH. CH. OXFORD.
  • PREFACE.
  • PROEM.
  • INDEX
    • OF
  • VERSE INTERLUDES.
  • BOOK I. THE SORROWS OF BOETHIUS.
  • BOOK I.
    • SONG I. Boethius' Complaint.
    • I.
    • SONG II. His Despondency.
    • II.
    • SONG III. The Mists dispelled.
    • III.
    • SONG IV. Nothing can subdue Virtue.
    • IV.
    • SONG V. Boethius' Prayer.
    • V.
    • SONG VI. All Things have their Needful Order.
    • VI.
    • SONG VII. The Perturbations of Passion.
  • BOOK II. THE VANITY OF FORTUNE'S GIFTS
  • BOOK II.
    • I.
    • SONG I. Fortune's Malice.
    • II.
    • SONG II. Man's Covetousness.
    • III.
    • SONG III. All passes.
    • IV.
    • SONG IV. The Golden Mean.
    • V.
    • SONG V. The Former Age.
    • VI.
    • SONG VI. Neros' Infamy.
    • VII.
    • SONG VII. Glory may not last.
    • VIII.
    • SONG VIII. Love is Lord of all.
  • BOOK III. TRUE HAPPINESS AND FALSE.
  • BOOK III.
    • I.
    • SONG I. The Thorns of Error.
    • II.
    • SONG II. The Bent of Nature.
    • III.
    • SONG III. The Insatiableness of Avarice.
    • IV.
    • SONG IV. Disgrace of Honours conferred by a Tyrant.
    • V.
    • SONG V. Self-mastery.
    • VI.
    • SONG VI. True Nobility.
    • VII.
    • SONG VII. Pleasure's Sting.
    • VIII.
    • SONG VIII. Human Folly.
    • IX.
    • SONG IX.[I] Invocation.
    • X.
    • SONG X. The True Light.
    • XI.
    • SONG XI. Reminiscence.[J]
    • XII.
    • SONG XII. Orpheus and Eurydice.
  • BOOK IV. GOOD AND ILL FORTUNE.
  • BOOK IV.
    • I.
    • SONG I. The Soul's Flight.
    • II.
    • SONG II. The Bondage of Passion.
    • III.
    • SONG III. Circe's Cup.
    • IV.
    • SONG IV. The Unreasonableness of Hatred.
    • V.
    • SONG V. Wonder and Ignorance.
    • VI.
    • SONG VI. The Universal Aim.
    • VII.
    • SONG VII. The Hero's Path.
  • BOOK V. FREE WILL AND GOD'S FOREKNOWLEDGE.
  • BOOK V.
    • I.
    • SONG I. Chance.
    • II.
    • SONG II. The True Sun.
    • III.
    • SONG III. Truth's Paradoxes.
    • IV.
    • SONG IV. A Psychological Fallacy.[R]
    • V.
    • SONG V. The Upward Look.
    • VI.
  • EPILOGUE.
  • REFERENCES TO QUOTATIONS IN THE TEXT.
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