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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134079.001.0001

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Interpreting the Consolation

Interpreting the Consolation

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(p.146) 8 Interpreting the Consolation
Source:
Boethius
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John Marenbon (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134079.003.0008

After looking at the verse in the Consolation of Philosophy and other more literary aspects of it, this chapter proposes an interpretation of the work as a whole, which takes account of the fact that it is a prosimetrum – a genre in which the claims of learning were often challenged. Boethius, the chapter argues, regards philosophy with great respect, but considers it limited when it comes to providing a comprehensive and coherent understanding of the order of things. The differing attitudes of Boethius and Augustine, as Christians, to pagan Neoplatonism are contrasted.

Keywords:   Augustine, Consolation of Philosophy, genre, Neoplatonism, pagan, philosophy, prosimetrum, verse

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