What has been said of the definitely authentic theological treatises attenuates, at least in part, the contrast with the Consolatio and with the absence, in that work also, of any explicit or certain reference to Scripture. Conceived in the form of the satura menippea a mixed composition of alternating prose and verse, this work, the spiritual testament of the still young Boethius, is in the form of a long conversation between the philosopher and philosophy, which appears to him in his prison in the form of a mulier reverendi admodum vultus a very reverentlooking woman and discusses, in largely philosophical terms, the great themes of the inconstancy of fortune, the true nature of the summum bonum, providence, free will and the perpetuity of the world. Even medieval exegetes noted that not only does the work lack any explicit reference to the Christian faith but here and there it also puts forward ideas that are not entirely orthodox; we cannot doubt, however, Boethius’s faith in the great truths which Christianity shares with the Platonic strand of ancient thought to which he primarily seems to be connected, though through an extremely complex and still much-disputed cultural mediation.
Whether the Christian faith played a part in this mediation is something that, even recently, not a few scholars have investigated, and the basic problem of Boethius, the lack of explicit Christian profession, remains open to the most divergent and contrasting solutions. In addition to numerous versions of Platonic, Aristotelian and Hippocratic works, throughout the Middle Ages De unitate et uno and De disciplina scholarium which contains the false information concerning his stay at Athens were falsely attributed to Boethius.
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