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The Consolation of Philosophy [Kindle Edition]

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius , H.R. JAMES
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"A strongly literary approach that other translations have tended to obscure or ignore..." -- Practical Philosophy, Spring 2002. "Entirely faithful to Boethius' Latin; it makes the philosophy of the Consolation intelligible to students; it gives equal weight to the poetry -- in fact, Relihan's metrical translation of Boethius' metra are themselves contributions of the first moment to Boethian studies. Boethius finally has a translator equal to his prodigious talents and his manifold vision."-- Joseph Pucci, Brown University. Entirely faithful to Boethius' Latin; Relihan's translation makes the philosophy of the Consolation intelligible to readers; it gives equal weight to the poetry--in fact, Relihan's metrical translation of Boethius' metro are themselves contributions of the first moment to Boethian studies. Boethius finally has a translator equal to his prodigious talents and his manifold vision. --Joseph Pucci, Brown University This book offers a splendid new translation of the Consolatio Philosophiae that makes the philosophy of the text accessible to both the beginning student and to the Latin scholar. Any student interested in the transition in late antiquity from the pagan to the Christian worlds should own this volume. --Victoria Jordan, The Classical Outlook Relihan's edition of the Consolation offers both student and scholar a felicitous text, expertly translated from the original Latin, richly supplemented throughout with a critical apparatus, and generously embellished with explanatory notes for each prose and metric portion; he offers an Introduction of clear-sighted analysis, and an inclusive, text-referential glossary. Relihan's translation should now be the standard text for classroom use... Relihan has performed a great service in his translation by attempting to translate the 'meters' with the sensibility of a poet as well as a Latinist, and it has made his version of Consolation that much more committed, it seems, to the intent of the original, and definitely a more compelling read. Relihan, as he himself states, has done '... what has not been done before in the long history of translation of Consolation into English, ... [to] reproduce through English accents the rhythms and meters of the original poems' (xxviii)... The poetic sections of Consolation are not mere interludes but deliberate transitions in tenor and signification. By offering an English text that echoes the Latin in form, Relihan is offering the student of Consolation an English text that echoes the Latin in meaning as well. It is an offer neither scholar nor student should refuse. --June-Ann Greeley, New England Classical Journal

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
When Alfred the Great decided to have translations made of the most important books written, De Consolatione Philosophiae was top of the list. It was translated again by Chaucer, and again by Elisabeth I. Although its philosophy may seem distant and odd to modern readers, this was the most influential secular book to the people of the dark ages, middle ages and the renaissance.
Why was this book so important?
Essentially, it is an account of how a condemned man moves his trust from Fortuna - Lady Luck - to Philosophia, or Lady Philosophy.
It was written by a political prisoner during the decline of the Roman Empire. A rejected public servant, Boethius had strong reasons to give into despair. However, his imagined guide in the book demonstrates how the consolation of philosophy is sufficient where there are no other consolations, and where death is imminent.
This is not 'philosophy' in the accepted modern sense. Rather, it is 'having a philosophical outlook on life'. Boethius does not fit into the stream of Western Philosophy which runs from Plato to Bertrand Russell, although he does have things in common with the musings of Socrates preparing to drink hemlock.
To Alfred, to the people of Chaucer's day, and to Elisabeth, the problems discussed by Boethius were much closer and more immediate than the problems of epistemology and ontology which have fascinated philosophers since the Enlightenment. Death undeserved was a constant threat.
These are conditions which Elisabeth herself ended. Since that time, society in Britain and later the USA has proceeded along judicial lines. Even the Civil Wars, in both countries, had a basis in legality on both sides. Although there have been crimes and miscarriages of justice, they are the exception rather than the rule.
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3.0 out of 5 stars old translation 18 Sept. 2011
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this kindle edition is an old translation with many thous wilts and doeths which makes it less easy to read. the book itself is interesting. it is mainly concerned with why evil people sometimes have good fortune and good people sometimes have bad fortune. i found its answers to this problem of evil rather dry and unconvincing. however towards the end of the book is a very interesting discussion of how free will is possible even though god knows everything. boethius argues that god is timeless such that past present and future are all one eternal present for god. as such god knows everything but does not determine everything. the explanation of this in the book is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 9 Feb. 2013
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I had come across various references to this work when much younger & often thought I would like to get into it. It dates from a period which is strange for those of us whose education focussed quite a bit on the western Roman empire but overlooked most of the rest. The arguments are weird - convincing when read but they must be wrong - musn't they?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old translation, but pretty good nonetheless 30 May 2013
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The lack of footnotes highlighting links to other texts - especially Plato - is a shame, but otherwise a perfectly good translation into slightly old fashioned English. Plus it's free.
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3.0 out of 5 stars consolation 7 Oct. 2003
hard going, but absolutely fasnianating. The books helps if your looking at how Boethius influenced Chaucer. Definately an english lit or philosophy student book
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