The Consolation of Philosophy. Fragment


De consolatione philosophiae (The consolation of philosophy) is a philosophical work written by Boethius, the scion of an influential Roman family, around the year 524. It is regarded as one of the most important and influential works in the Western world. The book was composed during a yearlong period of imprisonment that Boethius served while he was awaiting trial for the crime of treason under the Ostrogothic king Theodoric the Great; he was found guilty and executed in 524. Written in the form of a dialogue between Boethius and Lady Philosophy, the work was one of the main sources by which scholars in medieval Europe came to know and understand the philosophy of the ancient world. This 14th-century manuscript fragment of De consolatione philosophiae, preserved in the collections of the Slovak National Library, originated within the French academic milieu, perhaps in Paris. The scribe is unknown. Under unknown circumstances it was moved to the Franciscan Library in Bratislava. Its contents are identical to those of the incunabulum of Cologne provenance, printed in October 1493. The manuscript is heavily annotated, with notes in the margins and in places between the lines.

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