The consolation of philosophy latin de consolatione philosophiae is a philosophical work by boethius written around the year 524it has been described as the single most important and influential work in the west on medieval and early renaissance christianity as well as the last great western work of the classical period. The consolation of philosophy is a short work of literature written in the form of a prosimetrical apocalyptic dialogue ie a dialogue with a mythical imaginary or allegorical figure it contains five books which are written in a combination of prose and verse the dialogue is between ancius boethius a prominent and learned official of the roman empire and the person of philosophy. The consolation of philosophy 7 of the government and the welfare of the italians boethius was charged with treason without his being allowed to defend himself his property was confiscated and he himself condemned to death he was imprisoned at ticinum pavia tortured and brutally put to death at calvenzano. Preface the book called the consolation of philosophy was throughout the middle ages and down to the beginnings of the modern epoch in the sixteenth century the scholars familiar companion. 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 ones muse who in his case was lady philosophy
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