Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Philosophy Instructing Boethius on the Role of God. Coëtivy Master (Henri de Vulcop?), c. 1460-1470. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment. Getty Center, Los Angeles

A classic text made anew

The following free PDF is a new rendering by Thomas Powers of Consolation of Philosophy (c. 524 A.D.), the classic and influential work by the Roman senator Boethius (c. 477-524 A.D.). Powers’s presentation is based on the original Latin as well as on the fourteenth-century translation by Geoffrey Chaucer and two other English translations.
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