The τόπος of the goods of fortune in Consolatio II and III: how to console and exhort Boethius - Matteo Johannes Stettler - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Aevum Vita e Pensiero

The τόπος of the goods of fortune in Consolatio II and III: how to console and exhort Boethius

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Titolo The τόπος of the goods of fortune in Consolatio II and III: how to console and exhort Boethius
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Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 09-2022
Doi 10.26350/000193_000133
Issn 0001-9593 (stampa) | 1827-787X (digitale)
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The apparent overlap between Lady Philosophy’s surveys of the goods of fortune in Book II and III of Boethius’ Consolatio philosophiae has troubled commentators for more than a century now, but it is yet to find a satisfactory  explanation. Our analysis of the medical analogy in the text suggests that we can most effectively come to terms with this étrangeté of the Consolatio by taking into account the medical conditions that Lady Philosophy diagnoses Boethius with, as well as the different types of medicaments that she prescribes him. The first survey of the goods of fortune is part of a series of consolatory discourses that Lady Philosophy administers to Boethius in Book II as  fomenta (‘poultices’) intended to soothe his morbus perturbationum (‘disorder of the passions’), while the second survey coincides with the socalled apotreptic part of a protreptic discourse that Lady Philosophy administers to  Boethius in Book III as a remedium (‘remedy’) for his morbus lethargus (‘lethargic illness’).

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Boethius, protreptics, consolation, therapy, medical analogy

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