John Marenbon's Cambridge Companion to Boethius (Cambridge companions to PDF

By John Marenbon

Boethius (c.480-c.525/6), even though a Christian, labored within the culture of the Neoplatonic faculties, with their powerful curiosity in Aristotelian good judgment and Platonic metaphysics. he's most sensible identified for his comfort of Philosophy, which he wrote in legal expecting execution. His works additionally contain a protracted sequence of logical translations, commentaries and monographs and a few brief yet densely-argued theological treatises, all of that have been greatly influential on medieval proposal. yet Boethius used to be greater than a author who handed on vital historical rules to the center a while. The essays the following via major experts, which disguise all of the major facets of his writing and its impression, express that he was once a particular philosopher, whose arguments pay off cautious research and who used his literary abilities together with his philosophical skills to give a posh view of the area.

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304–10) stands out as the one who both formulated the “program” of the new philosophy (peace between Aristotle and Plato), and provided tools for posterity to use in translating the program into didactic practice. The basic tools needed to conduct Aristotelian–Platonic studies were (1) introductory handbooks, (2) a selection of the writings of Plato and Aristotle, (3) commentaries on the authoritative books. By the time of Boethius, very few such tools were available in Latin. Half a millennium after Horace the rustic stink still clung to the language.

On Sergius see Hugonnard-Roche (2004). Cambridge Collections Online © Cambridge University Press, 2009 sten ebbesen 2 The Aristotelian commentator r a i s o n d’ eˆ t r e a n d e x t e n t o f t h e c o r p u s When conquered, Greece conquered her savage victor, and brought the arts to rustic Latium. 1 In a famous passage Horace explains how the Roman conquest of the Greek world resulted in the refined Greek way of writing poetry conquering the rustic victors, though, he adds, there is still some rustic stink left because the speakers of Latin were rather late to pick up the Greek manners, starting only after the Punic wars.

20. 5. 17; Ennodius ep. 2 (Ennodius, 1885). 6. For this post, and all those mentioned in this chapter, the best treatment is now Maier (2005). 7. 32–9. Modern discussions include Chadwick (1981) and Moorhead (1992). 8. Anonymus Valesianus 85. 9. 4, with Gruber (1978) 113; this commentary is an essential tool. Boethius’ presentation of material here is not entirely straightforward, but the chapter contains some powerful writing, pre-eminently the last few sentences. 10. 40). 11. 3. 12. 29). 13. 19.

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