The Consolation of Philosophy is a philosophical text written by Boethius in 524 AD while he awaited trial and subsequent execution for treason against the Ostrogothic King, Theodoric the Great. The book examines questions of theodicy: how evil exists in the world if God is both good and omnipotent. Boethius engages in a dialogue with Lady Philosophy, who contends that true happiness lies not in the ebb and flow of fortune, but in one's transcendent mind and contemplation. The book is not strictly religious and makes no reference to Christ.
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