Boethius Philosophy in Prison and Exile
The work ", Consolation by Philosophy," is written in the form of a conversation between the prisoner Boethius in prison and personified philosophy, and consists of poems and rhetorical, often poetic, but not at all pompous prose. Such a mixture makes a unique impression on the soul. It is expressing in verse mental states that cannot be expressed in prose, and even thoughts that conveniently expressed in a common language. Boethius falls into the lyrical mood of the spirit.
In the Boethius' book, a trace of the Christian element presented comfort that scientific philosophy can deliver to a person, regardless of any religion. The reasons for such an original view of the subject should not be sought in the form of the composition, inconsistent with Christian perspectives. Boethius alludes to the accusations that showered him with goodies than the ascetic era for the fact that he spends time, not in exercises of prayer, but studies of philosophy.
Boethius disposes of his consolations in such a way that he first lightens his soul. Forcing it to express grief and takes this opportunity to tell the story of his sufferings. As he stated that, “for there is no fear that any man should merit exile, if he be kept safe therein” (Boethius, 2000). And what he says about Ostrogothic rule in Italy fully reveals to us the sad situation of a country subordinate semi-Roman, semi-barbaric government. Then, through light consolations and ordinary ways of calming down, Boethius plunges the soul into deep reflection on the nature of the deity and man and the sources of peace of mind resulting from them. He reminds the sufferer of his merits, draws his attention to the hand of providence, to the fate of everything earthly. And to the various values of human wealth and talks about what remains of the most precious thing in life after imprisonment. It is about the honor of his name, love to his noble wife and other eternal blessings.
Boethius does not tolerate familiar places and memories of the lost joy, which are usually reassured by the unfortunate, and laughs at such comforts. Instead, he first awakens in the reader of "Consolations of Philosophy" the idea of human dignity and greatness of spirit, revealed in misfortune, and confirms it with great examples of some ancient Romans.
Boethius, A. M. S. (2000). The consolation of philosophy. Oxford University Press, USA.
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