Consolation of Philosophy, The

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy: In 523 CE Boethius lived his final year in detention under suspicion of plotting against Ostrogothic King Theodoric, conqueror of Rome. Facing certain, violent death he asked: Why would God allow evil to befall an innocent such as himself? Is there a purpose to the universe? Do we have free will? In this record of his struggles, these and other questions are explored with Lady Philosophy-a beautiful, consoling apparition in rags and companion in Boethius’ abiding faith. [recommended by James Gerrie, Cape Breton University]

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