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.

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