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Latin Commentaries on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy

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Boethius wrote his Consolation of Philosophy in exile, whether he knew it or not, in about 526. That exile and the confiscation of his property were an abrupt fall from Boethius's key position at the court of Theoderic, king of the Ostrogoths, at Ravenna. This chapter focuses on the glosses, with particular emphasis on glossed copies of the Consolation in England and their relevance to the Old English Boethius. St Gall, Stiftsbibliothek 844 (G), from the later ninth century, transmits glosses believed to copy those in Biblioteca Nazionale, IV.G.68 (N). Pierre Courcelle regarded "Anonymus Sangallensis" as a ninth-century commentator on the Consolation whose work was then expanded in a commentary by Remigius of Auxerre. Scholars before Courcelle had noted that uniquely among all surviving manuscripts, a copy now at Trier, but written at late-tenth-century Echternach, twice refers to an "expositio" of the Consolation by Remigius.

Keywords: Auxerre; Boethius; Consolation of Philosophy; court of Theoderic; Pierre Courcelle; Remigius of Auxerre



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