De Consolatione Philosophiae Transcription, Translation, and Analysis




Davidson, Randolph

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Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophiae inspired all took and read its philosophy in the Middle Ages. Through the unique employment of prosimetrical writing, Boethius created a dialogue between himself and Lady Philosophy. In the dialogue, Lady Philosophy reminds Boethius, awaiting his wrongful execution, of his liberal arts training. Having remembered, Boethius no longer pays heed to Fortune’s Wheel and rather happily submits himself to the providence of God. Through the Green Scholar’s Initiative, we have access to a manuscript of this medieval text. I have very graciously been allowed to this manuscript which has never been worked on before. In my thesis, I analyze the artifact and give a provenance for it. Then I transcribe the first book of the Consolatio along with the many scholia present, and translate the scholia. Afterwards, I analyze the scholia and determine both which commentary tradition it comes from and for what purpose this manuscript was used.