Consolation of Philosophy
Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius commonly recognized as Boethius was a philosopher of the early 6th century. He was adopted into a very prominent family which included emperors and consuls. Boethius was imprisoned by King Theodoric the Great. While in his incarceration he finds himself again in Philosophy. He takes himself out of a very sadden state and comes to better turns.
Boethius was imprisoned on what was called false accusations. In the political world he had no friends; he was above corruption and was very honest so he was much of a loner. As he went from a high official for King Theodoric to becoming a prisoner you could understand this was a great fall for a man of his time and that of anytime. For a man of culture and sophistication, the irony of losing everything because of his righteousness, must have been awful.
Boethius mentioned in book I that he mourns that fact that he is not in his library with its ivory decorations, and reading his beloved books. So he creates in his cell under treat of execution a fantasy of philosophical dialogue with Lady Philosophy herself. This is important because this is how philosophy consulates Boethius himself. When he is in his darkest state he looks for comfort and consolation, and he finds it in carefully making in his mind a person to represent this most treasured pursuit of Philosophy.
Realistically Boethius is alone in prison. What he finds comfort in is Philosophy itself. This image of Lady Philosophy is him conversing with himself. Still this is how he presents the consolation of philosophical principles. In the book Lady Philosophy varies in size she goes from being in a regular human state to shoring to the heaven this is a symbol for her teaching and words, when she is a regular sized woman she is offering Boethius practical advice for a down to earth pursuit of moral philosophy. When she is piercing the heaven she is symbolizing her capacity for metaphysical thoughts. I think this is important to understand because lady philosophy has...