Medieval Manuscript illustration of Lady Philosophy

Anonymous illustration from a medieval manuscript depicting the Roman philosopher Boethius (480-524 AD) with Lady Philosophy — the personified figure who dialogues with him in his magnum opus, The Consolation of Philosophy. Boethius’ brilliant career as a scholar and teacher was brought to a premature end when he was executed as a prisoner of conscience by Theodoric the Ostrogoth, the barbarian King of Italy (reigned 493-526).


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