De Consolatio Philosophie by Boethius

Date of Manuscript: ca. 1400-1425

Boethius’s best known work is the Consolation of Philosophy (De consolatione philosophiae),

which he wrote most likely while in exile under house arrest or in prison while awaiting his execution, but his lifelong project was a deliberate attempt to preserve ancient classical knowledge, particularly philosophy.

This work represented an imaginary dialogue between himself and philosophy, with philosophy being personified by a woman. The book argues that despite the apparent inequality of the world, there is, in Platonic fashion, a higher power and everything else is secondary to that divine Providence. #0681