The Consolation of Philosophy is an often overlooked book of the western tradition. For nearly 1000 years, Boethius’s short meditation was consistently the third most translated and read work after the Bible and the Aeneid. After Aristotle and Augustine, he was the most frequently quoted ancient author. Yet, he is almost entirely forgotten today.
Boethius writes from his prison cell and offers philosophical reflections on the nature of suffering, fortune, happiness, virtue, and providence. On the latest episode of Handmade Humanity, Austin Hoffman explores the riches this book has to offer and provides a guide for prospective readers of this great work.