This complete work unites two of Roman philosopher Boethius’s finest works; his Theological Tracts regarding Christianity, and his Consolation of Philosophy which concerns the nature of fortune and dying.
The works of Boethius emerged at the symbolic conclusion of the classical era, and the beginning of post-Roman Europe. As such they draw deeply upon extant classical traditions and the religious significance of Christianity; the chaos and upheaval of the author’s time colors his writing in a fashion vibrant and compelling. Venerated in Catholicism for his theological studies, it was the philosophical ideas of Boethius that saw his popularity endure for ages.
Given his compelling life story – Boethius was among the final Roman politicians to serve as a senator before the collapse of the Western Empire – the author’s writings gain an additional, historic context. The famous Consolation was written while Boethius was in jail awaiting what transpired as the death sentence. As the romantic and symbolic end to classical scholarship, the text would go on to inspire the Renaissance.