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The Consolation of Philosophy (Paperback): Boethius

The Consolation of Philosophy (Paperback)

Boethius; Translated by David Slavitt; Introduction by Seth Lerer

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In this highly praised new translation of Boethius s "The Consolation of Philosophy," David R. Slavitt presents a graceful, accessible, and modern version for both longtime admirers of one of the great masterpieces of philosophical literature and those encountering it for the first time. Slavitt preserves the distinction between the alternating verse and prose sections in the Latin original, allowing us to appreciate the Menippian parallels between the discourses of literary and logical inquiry. His prose translations are lively and colloquial, conveying the argumentative, occasionally bantering tone of the original, while his verse translations restore the beauty and power of Boethius s poetry. The result is a major contribution to the art of translation.

Those less familiar with "Consolation" may remember it was written under a death sentence. Boethius (c. 480 524), an Imperial official under Theodoric, Ostrogoth ruler of Rome, found himself, in a time of political paranoia, denounced, arrested, and then executed two years later without a trial. Composed while its author was imprisoned, cut off from family and friends, it remains one of Western literature s most eloquent meditations on the transitory nature of earthly belongings, and the superiority of things of the mind. In an artful combination of verse and prose, Slavitt captures the energy and passion of the original. And in an introduction intended for the general reader, Seth Lerer places Boethius s life and achievement in context.

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2010
First published: 2008
Authors: Boethius
Translators: David Slavitt
Introduction by: Seth Lerer
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 16mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 175
ISBN-13: 978-0-674-04835-5
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
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Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Ancient Western philosophy to c 500 > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Ethics & moral philosophy > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Ethics & moral philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Ethics & moral philosophy > General
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Ancient Western philosophy to c 500
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Ancient Western philosophy to c 500 > General
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LSN: 0-674-04835-0
Barcode: 9780674048355

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