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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