The Old English Boethius
An Edition of the Old English Versions of Boethius's "De Consolatione Philosophiae"
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Old English Boethius by Malcolm Godden
Book DescriptionBoethius's Consolation of Philosophy, written in Latin around 525 A.D., was to become one of the most influential literary texts of the Middle Ages. The Old English prose translation and adaptation which was produced around 900 and claims to be by King Alfred was one of the earliest signs of its importance and use, and the subsequent rewriting of parts as verse show an interest in rivalling the literary shape of the Latin original. The many changes and additions have much to tell us about Anglo-Saxon interests and scholarship in the Alfredian period. This new edition is the first to present the second prose-and-verse version of the Old English text, and allows it to be read alongside the original prose version, for which this is the first edition for over a century, and the introduction and commentary reveal much about the history of the text and its composition.The edition contains critical texts of both versions; a translation; a full introduction examining the manuscripts, the composition of the prose text and of the subsequent verse, the language, the authorship and date of the two versions, the relationship to other texts of the period and later uses of it, and the nature and purpose of the work; a detailed commentary exploring the relationship to the Latin text and to the early medieval commentary tradition; textual notes; and a glossary.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199259663
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, a 6th century meditation on fate, free will, and virtue, was translated from Latin to Old English around 900, bringing it to a vernacular audience for the first time. This edition, translated from Old English by Susan Irvine and Malcolm Godden, includes verse prologues and epilogues associated with King Alfred.
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