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Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy as a Product of Late by Antonio Donato

By Antonio Donato

within the final fifty years the sector of past due Antiquity has complicated considerably. this day we've got an image of this era that's extra specific and actual than earlier than. despite the fact that, the learn of 1 of the main major texts of this age, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, has now not benefited sufficient from those advances in scholarship. Antonio Donato goals to fill this hole through investigating how the examine of the Consolation can make the most of the information of Boethius' cultural, political and social heritage that's to be had at the present time.
The publication specializes in 3 issues: Boethius' social/political historical past, his concept of philosophy and its assets, and his knowing of the relation among Christianity and classical tradition. those subject matters care for concerns which are of an important significance for the exegesis of the Consolation. The research of Boethius' social/political historical past permits us to achieve a greater figuring out of the id of the nature Boethius and to acknowledge his function within the Consolation. exam of the potential assets of Boethius' thought of philosophy and in their impact at the Consolation offers worthwhile tools to guage the function of the text's philosophical discussions and their relation to its literary positive aspects. eventually, the long-standing challenge of the shortcoming of overt Christian parts within the Consolation can be enlightened by way of contemplating how Boethius depends on a unusual knowing of philosophy's objective and its relation to Christianity that used to be universal between a few of his predecessors and contemporaries.

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