The Consolation of Philosophy

by Ancius Boethius

Other authorsVictor Watts (Translator)
Paperback, 1999


Penguin Classics (2000), Edition: Reissue, 155 pages


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 prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy. Her instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment. THE CONSOLATION was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas were influential on the thought of Chaucer and Dante.


Original language


Original publication date

circa 525 CE

Physical description

155 p.; 5.07 inches


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