In this two-volume collection, Boethius demonstrates his prowess as both the last of the Roman philosophers and the first of the scholastic theologians. The Theological Tractates, a well-referenced theological work, displays characteristics of his professional background as a consul. The Consolation of Philosophy was written while Boethius was in jail and soon to be executed. This work is a more personal display of Boethius’ philosophical beliefs and covers his views on fortune, death, and other issues. Boethius clearly defines the intent of his philosophical work as an attempt to explain the nature of the world around us, while the purpose of his theological work is to understand doctrines of divine revelation. With this work, Boethius was able to prepare the way for the coordination of faith and reason in the thirteenth century.
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Boethius (480–524) was brought up in the household of one of the richest and most venerable aristocrats of the time, Symmachus. He married Symmachus’ daughter and pursued a typical career for a senatorial scion of the time, alternating between ceremonial public office and private leisure.