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}}Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, known as Boethius (ca. 480-ca.525), was a Christian Neoplatonist philosopher who served as consul in the kingdom of the Ostrogoths. He later held the office of magister officiorum to the Gothic emperor Theoderic in Italy before his execution for alleged disloyalty.<ref>''Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World'', s.v. [http://www.credoreference.com/entry/hupla/boethius “Boethius”], accessed October 02, 2013.</ref> Boethius’ knowledge of Greek, rare for his time, allowed him to translate and comment upon the works of Platonism. He translated the works of the Neoplatonist Porphyry and wrote treatises that heavily influenced medieval scholasticism.<ref>''Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature'', s.v. [http://www.credoreference.com/entry/gwmedieval/boethius_c_480_525 "BOETHIUS (c. 480-525)"], accessed October 02, 2013.</ref> His translations provided all the extant works of Aristotle before their recovery in the twelfth century.<ref>Ibid.</ref><br />
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}}Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, known as Boethius (ca. 480-ca.525), was a Christian Neoplatonist philosopher who served as consul in the kingdom of the Ostrogoths. He later held the office of magister officiorum to the Gothic emperor Theoderic in Italy before his execution for alleged disloyalty.<ref>''Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World'', s.v. "[http://www.credoreference.com/entry/hupla/boethius Boethius]," accessed October 02, 2013.</ref> Boethius’ knowledge of Greek, rare for his time, allowed him to translate and comment upon the works of Platonism. He translated the works of the Neoplatonist Porphyry and wrote treatises that heavily influenced medieval scholasticism.<ref>''Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature'', s.v. "[http://www.credoreference.com/entry/gwmedieval/boethius_c_480_525 BOETHIUS (c. 480-525)]," accessed October 02, 2013.</ref> His translations provided all the extant works of Aristotle before their recovery in the twelfth century.<ref>Ibid.</ref><br />
 
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Boethius wrote ''Consolationis Philosophiae'' (the ''Consolation of Philosophy''), “a favored book of world-weary readers from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth I,” while imprisoned awaiting his death.<ref>''Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Post Classical World''.</ref> Written as a Menippean satire &mdash; a prose narrative mixed with verse &mdash; the work presents Boethius in dialogue with philosophy personified as a woman. He moves from self-pity to consolation while contemplating divine providence throughout life’s “wheel of fortune,” a metaphor Boethius created.<ref>Ibid.</ref> First translated into English in 890 by King Alfred, the ''Consolation'' had great influence on subsequent literature, including medieval moral narrative and Chaucer.<ref>''Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature''.</ref> Specifically, Chaucer translated the ''Consolation'' into Middle English, and drew heavily on Boethius’ concepts of patience and steadfastness in the face of wavering fortune.<ref>''All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer's World'', s.v. [http://www.credoreference.com/entry/abcchaucer/boethius "Boethius"], accessed October 02, 2013.</ref>
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Boethius wrote ''Consolationis Philosophiae'' (the ''Consolation of Philosophy''), “a favored book of world-weary readers from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth I,” while imprisoned awaiting his death.<ref>''Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Post Classical World''.</ref> Written as a Menippean satire &mdash; a prose narrative mixed with verse &mdash; the work presents Boethius in dialogue with philosophy personified as a woman. He moves from self-pity to consolation while contemplating divine providence throughout life’s “wheel of fortune,” a metaphor Boethius created.<ref>Ibid.</ref> First translated into English in 890 by King Alfred, the ''Consolation'' had great influence on subsequent literature, including medieval moral narrative and Chaucer.<ref>''Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature''.</ref> Specifically, Chaucer translated the ''Consolation'' into Middle English, and drew heavily on Boethius’ concepts of patience and steadfastness in the face of wavering fortune.<ref>''All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer's World'', s.v. "[http://www.credoreference.com/entry/abcchaucer/boethius Boethius]," accessed October 02, 2013.</ref>
  
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as ''Boethius de Consolationes. 12mo. Foulis.'' This was one of the titles kept by [[Thomas Jefferson]]. He most likely sold it to the Library of Congress in 1815. In ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'', Millicent Sowerby identifies an existing copy of the 1752 edition published by Foulis as the one Jefferson sold, but it includes no Jefferson or Wythe markings.<ref>E. Millicent Sowerby, ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'' 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:39 [no.1326].</ref> Nevertheless, both [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe "Member: George Wythe"], accessed on November 11, 2013.</ref> on LibraryThing and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> list this volume based on Sowerby's information. This was also the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.
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Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as ''Boethius de Consolationes. 12mo. Foulis.'' This was one of the titles kept by [[Thomas Jefferson]]. He most likely sold it to the Library of Congress in 1815. In ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'', Millicent Sowerby identifies an existing copy of the 1752 edition published by Foulis as the one Jefferson sold, but it includes no Jefferson or Wythe markings.<ref>E. Millicent Sowerby, ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'' 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:39 [no.1326].</ref> Nevertheless, both [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe "Member: George Wythe"], accessed November 11, 2013.</ref> on LibraryThing and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> list this volume based on Sowerby's information. This was also the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.
  
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==

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by Boethis

Consolationis Philosophiae
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Title page from Consolationis Philosophiae, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Boethis
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Published Glasguae: In Aedibus Academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis academiae typographi
Date 1751
Edition First Foulis edition
Language Latin
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Pages 157
Desc. 12mo. (16 cm.)
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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, known as Boethius (ca. 480-ca.525), was a Christian Neoplatonist philosopher who served as consul in the kingdom of the Ostrogoths. He later held the office of magister officiorum to the Gothic emperor Theoderic in Italy before his execution for alleged disloyalty.[1] Boethius’ knowledge of Greek, rare for his time, allowed him to translate and comment upon the works of Platonism. He translated the works of the Neoplatonist Porphyry and wrote treatises that heavily influenced medieval scholasticism.[2] His translations provided all the extant works of Aristotle before their recovery in the twelfth century.[3]

Boethius wrote Consolationis Philosophiae (the Consolation of Philosophy), “a favored book of world-weary readers from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth I,” while imprisoned awaiting his death.[4] Written as a Menippean satire — a prose narrative mixed with verse — the work presents Boethius in dialogue with philosophy personified as a woman. He moves from self-pity to consolation while contemplating divine providence throughout life’s “wheel of fortune,” a metaphor Boethius created.[5] First translated into English in 890 by King Alfred, the Consolation had great influence on subsequent literature, including medieval moral narrative and Chaucer.[6] Specifically, Chaucer translated the Consolation into Middle English, and drew heavily on Boethius’ concepts of patience and steadfastness in the face of wavering fortune.[7]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Boethius de Consolationes. 12mo. Foulis. This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson. He most likely sold it to the Library of Congress in 1815. In Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Millicent Sowerby identifies an existing copy of the 1752 edition published by Foulis as the one Jefferson sold, but it includes no Jefferson or Wythe markings.[8] Nevertheless, both George Wythe's Library[9] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[10] list this volume based on Sowerby's information. This was also the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary full vellum.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

References

  1. Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, s.v. "Boethius," accessed October 02, 2013.
  2. Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature, s.v. "BOETHIUS (c. 480-525)," accessed October 02, 2013.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Post Classical World.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature.
  7. All Things Chaucer: An Encyclopedia of Chaucer's World, s.v. "Boethius," accessed October 02, 2013.
  8. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 2:39 [no.1326].
  9. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed November 11, 2013.
  10. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433

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