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Boethius' Wheel

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David Evans

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Boethius' Wheel

Boethius' Wheel Boethius Consolation of Philosophy c.475-525 Roman philosopher, statesman, orator Fortune: "Inconstancy is my very essence; it is the game I never cease to play as I turn my wheel in its ever changing circle, filled with joy as I bring the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top. Yes, rise up on my wheel if you like, but don't count it an injury when by the same token you begin to fall, as the rules of the game will require." Philosophy tells him that the greatest gifts are not due to Fortune, but to other forces, such as the laws of God and nature. Fortune's gifts are fleeting and may be withdrawn at any time, because that is her nature. Holding an office will not make a man better, for instance, because "...honour is not accorded to virtue because of the office held, but to the office because of the virtue of the holder".
Why has Fortune suddenly abandoned him? Theodoric the Great Accused of treason Imprisoned, during which time he wrote "Consolation of Philosophy"
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