By interrogating the idea of a predecessor in Boethius’s On the Consolation of Philosophy, this paper investigates the underlying concepts present in the work. It suggests that there is a shift throughout the Consolation from Stoic thought to Neo-Platonists thought and that this shows the effect a predecessor, or a preceding tradition, can have on the creation of philosophical works. In the end it suggests that no literature is independent of its environment and history, but is rather a reflection of it.
"The Use of a Predecessor in Boethius' on the Consolation of Philosophy,"
Anthós (1990-1996): Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/anthos_archives/vol1/iss2/3