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The Philosophical Works of Boethius. Editions and Translations

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDES ABOUT THE PHILOSOPHY OF BOETHIUS

  1. Luca Obertello. Severino Boezio. Genova: Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere 1974. Vol. II: Bibliografia boeziana. Bibliografia generale pp. 323

  2. Joachim Gruber. Boethius 1925-1998 in: Lustrum. Internationale Forschungsberichte aus deim Bereich des klassischen Altertums, 39, 1997 pp. 307-383 and 40, 1998 pp. 199-259 (see in particular the Section C. Schriften zur Logik pp. 353-373, 117 titles).

  3. Christophe Erismann. Originalité et latinité de la philosophie de Boèce. Note bibliographique, Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, 51, 2004 pp. 277–289.

  4. John Marenbon, (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Boethius, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 311–339.

  5. Joachim Gruber. Kommentar zu Boethius de Consolatione Philosophiae. Berlin: de Gruyter 2006. Second fully revised and extended edition (first edition 1978). Anhang. Systematische Literaturverzeichnis pp. 409-444.

  6. Phillips, Philip Edward. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius: A Chronology and Selected Annotated Bibliography, in: A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages, edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., and Philip Edward Phillips, Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp. 551-589.

For more information see: John Magee and John Marenbon, Appendix: Boethius' Works, in: John Marenbon (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Boethius, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 303-310.

"This Appendix is designed as a user's guide to Boethius' works. It is divided according to the four main spheres of his activity - (A) mathematical subjects; (B) logic; (c) theology; (D) the Consolation - with additional sections on (E) lost works and (F) works sometimes misattributed to him. For each work, there is a very brief description, any questions over its authenticity and completeness are considered and a dating given, where possible; the best edition is cited (and any other useful ones) and details of translations and commentaries given, where applicable."

BOETHIUS OPERA OMNIA IN THE PATROLOGIA LATINA

  1. Boethius. 1847. Manlii Severini Boetii Opera Omnia. Paris.

    Patrologia Latina vol. 63.

    Contents:

    N. of Columns:

    0555 - 0562C Vita Operaque [Editor]

    0561 - 0574D Vita Operaque. Testimonia Variorum De Boethio Et Ejus Scriptis

    0579 - 0870A De Consolatione Philosophiae

    1079 - 1167A De Arithmetica Libri Duo

    1307 - 1352C Euclidis Megarensis Geometriae Libri Duo Ab A M Severino Boethio Translati [opera spuria]

    1352 - 1364D Liber De Geometria [opera spuria]

    Patrologia Latina vol. 64.

    Contents:

    N. of Columns:

    0009 - 0070D In Prophyrium Dialogi A Victorino Translati

    0071 - 0158D Commentarii In Porphyrium A Se Translatum

    0159 - 0294C In Categorias Aristotelis Libri Quatuor

    0293 - 0640A In Librum Aristotelis De Interpretatione Libri Duo

    0639 - 0712C Priorum Analyticorum Aristotelis Libri Duo

    0711 - 0762B Posteriorum Analyticorum Aristotelis Libri Duo

    0761 - 0832A De Syllogismo Categorico

    0831 - 0876C De Syllogismo Hypothetico Libri Duo

    0875 - 0892A De Divisione

    0891 - 0910C Liber De Diffinitione [the author is Marius Victorinus, not Boethius]

    0909 - 1008C Topicorum Aristotelis Libri Octo Severino Boethio Interprete

    1007 - 1040D Elencorum Sophisticorum Aristotelis Libro Duo Severino Boetio Interprete

    1039 - 1174A In Topica Ciceronis Commentariorum Libri Sex

    1173 - 1216D De Differentiis Topicis Libri Quatuor

    1217 - 1222C Speculatio De Rhethoricae Cognatione [opera spuria]

    1221 - 1224C Locorum Rhethoricorum Distinctio [opera spuria]

    1223 - 1238D De Disciplina Scholarum [opera spuria]

    Theological tractates:

    1247 - 1256A Quomodo Trinitas Unus Deus Ac Non Tres Dii

    1299 - 1302C Utrum Pater Et Filus Ac Spiritus Sanctus De Divinitate Substantialiter Praedicentur Liber

    1311 - 1314C Quomodo Substantiae In Eo Quod Sint Bonae Sint Cum Non Sint Substantialia Bona

    1333 - 1338C Brevis Fidei Christianae Complexio

    1337 - 1354D Liber De Persona Et Duabus Naturis Contra Eutychen Et Nestorium

MODERN EDITIONS OF BOETHIUS' TRANSLATIONS OF ARISTOTLE AND PORPHYRY

  1. Boethius. 1961. Categoriae Vel Praedicamenta. Translatio Boethii, Editio Composite, Translatio Guillelmi De Moerbeka, Lemmata E Simplicii Commentario Decerpta, Pseudo-Augustini Paraphrasis Themistiana. Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus I. 1-5. "This volume contains five Latin versions of Aristotle's Categories. Numbers 1 (pp. 5-41) and 2 (pp. 47-79) both stem from Boethius, who is responsible for the Latin translations that were most widespread. One of them is more literal, the other more elegant. William of Moerbeke, on the other hand, was the author of a Latin version not only of Aristotle's work (3), but also of Simplicius' commentary, which contains the abbreviated lemmas of the Aristotelian text (4). Moreover, Aristotle's work was known by means of a Roman paraphrase attributed to Augustin and influenced by Themistius (5)."

  2. ———. 1966. Categoriarum Supplementa. Porphyrii Isagoge, Translatio Boethii, Et Anonymi Fragmentum Vulgo Vocatum "Liber Sex Principiorum". Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus I. 6-7. "This volume constitutes a supplement to the Latin versions of the Categories. It contains Porphyry's famous Introduction to Aristotle's Categories in Boethius' translation (6) [pp. 5-31] and an extract of an anonymous 12th century Latin writing, which was widespread under the title Liber sex principiorum (7): it deals mainly with the last six categories, treated more briefly in Aristotle's work. The volume also contains the fragments quoted by Boethius from an older Latin version of Porphyry's Introduction, done by Marius Victorinus."

  3. ———. 1965. De Interpretatione Vel Periermenias. Translatio Boethii, Translatio Guillelmi De Moerbeka. Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus II. 1-2. "This volume contains the vulgate text of the Perihermeneias, which goes back to Boethius (1) [pp.5-38] , and the version composed with the lemmas of the Aristotelian text in William of Moerbeke's translation of Ammonius' commentary (2)."

  4. ———. 1962. Analytica Priora. Translatio Boethii (Recensiones Duae), Translatio Anonyma, Pseudo-Philoponi Aliorumque Scholia,. Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus III. 1-4. "Boethius composed a double Latin version not only of the Categories, but of the Prior Analytics [pp. 5-191] as well (1-2). However, the two versions have not been edited separately except for certain parts, the second version having been displayed, for the other parts, in the critical apparatus. Apart from these widespread texts, a good, but not quite successful anonymous 12th century translation of Aristotle's logic has come down to us (3). Special attention is paid to a set of Latin scholia to the Prior Analytics (4), the origin of which is disputed. According to L. Minio-Paluello and J. Shiel, they were translated by Boethius along with the Aristotelian text; according to recent research, however, they might go back to a translation by James of Venice."

    Reprint with a supplement composed by J. Shiel, Leiden, Brill, 1998.

  5. ———. 1969. Topica. Translatio Boethii, Fragmentum Recensionis Alterius Et Translatio Anonyma. Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus V. 1-3. "Boethius' rendering of the Topics [pp. 5-185] has been carried out, once more, in two versions (1-2), one of which has not been preserved but partly. Moreover, a 12th century version is extant: it stems from the anonymous translator of the Prior analytics (3)."

  6. ———. 1975. De Sophisticis Elenchis. Translatio Boethii, Fragmenta Translationis Iacobi Et Recensio Guillelmi De Moerbeke. Bruges: Desclée De Brouwer.

    Aristotele Latinus VI. 1-3. "The vulgate text of the De sophisticis elenchis [pp. 5-60] stems from Boethius (1). Fragments of another version have been attributed to James of Venice (2), and William of Moerbeke did a revision of Boethius' translation (3)."

MODERN EDITIONS OF BOETHIUS' COMMENTARIES ON ARISTOTLE AND PORPHYRY

  1. Boethius. 1887. Porphyrii Isagoge Et in Aristotelis Categorias Commentarium. Berlin: Reimer.

    Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca IV.1

  2. ———. 1906. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii in Isagogen Porphyrii Commenta. Vienna: Tempsky.

    Copiis a Georgio Schepss comparatis suisque usus, recensuit Samuel Brandt.

    Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum vol. 38.

    Anastatic reprint: New York, Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1966.

    First Commentary on Isagoge pp. 3-132; Second Commentary on the Isagoge pp. 135-348.

  3. ———. 1877. Anicii Manlii Severini Boetii Commentarii in Librum Aristotelis Peri Hermeneías [First Commentary]. Lipsia: Teubner.

    Recensuit Carolus Meiser.

    Pars prior versionem continuam et primam editionem continens.

    Reprint New York, Garland 1987.

  4. ———. 1880. Anicii Manlii Severini Boetii Commentarii in Librum Aristotelis Peri Hermeneías [Second Commentary]. Lipsia: Teubner.

    Recensuit Carolus Meiser.

    Pars posterior secundam editionem et Indices continens.

    Reprint New York, Garland 1987.

MODERN EDITIONS OF OTHER WORKS

  1. M. Tulli Ciceronis Opera Omnia. Vol. V. 1, edited by Orelli, Johann Kaspar von and Baiter, Johann Georg, 27-388. Zurich.

    The text of this edition is frequently (but not always) better than Migne.

  2. ———. 1990. Boethius' De Topicis Differentiis Und Die Byzantinische Rezeption Dieses Werkes. Paris: Vrin.

    De topicis differentiis kaì hoi byzantinès metaphráseis ton Manouèl Holobolou kaì Prochórou Kydóne: parartéma / Anhang: Eine Pachymeres-Weiterbearbeitung der Holobolos-Übersetzung eisagogé kaì kritiké ekdosé ton keimenon hypo Demetrio u Z. Niketa.

    Introduction (in German) and critical edition by Dimitrios Z. Nikitas (Corpus philosophorum medii aevi. Philosophi Byzantini, vol. 5).

  3. ———. 2008. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii Introductio Ad Syllogismos Categoricos. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg.

    Critical edition with introduction, commentary, and indexes by Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist.

  4. ———. 2008. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii De Syllogismo Categorico. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg.

    Critical edition with introduction, translation, notes, and indexes by Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist.

  5. ———. 1969. De Hypotheticis Syllogismis. Brescia: Paideia.

    Latin text, Italian translation, introduction and commentary by Luca Obertello.

  6. ———. 1998. De Divisione Liber. Leiden: Brill.

    Critical edition, translation, prolegomena and commentary by John Magee.

  7. ———. 1867. Anicii Manlii Torquati Severini Boetii De Institutione Arithmetica Libri Duo. De Institutione Musica Libri Quinque. Accedit Geometria Quae Fertur Boetii. Lipsia: Teubner.

    Reprint: Frankfurt, Minerva, 1966.

    De institutione arithmetica pp. 3-173; De institutione musica pp. 175-371.

  8. ———. 1999. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii De Arithmetica. Turnhout: Brepols.

    Corpus Christianorum. Serie Latina 94A.

  9. ———. 2007. De Institutione Arithmetica Libri Duo. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

    Édition proto-philologique intégrale princeps d'un manuscrit du IXe siècle (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, latin 14064).

    Texte, gloses, notes tironiennes, signes de renvoi par Illo Humphrey.

    Text of De institutione arithmetica in Latin; preliminary essay in English; introduction and concluding essay in French.

  10. ———. 1970. Boethius' Geometrie Ii. Ein Mathematisches Lehrbuch Des Mittelalters. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner.

  11. ———. 1999. Boethius' De Institutione Musica. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

    Music theory in mediaeval Normandy. Volume 1. MSS Avranches, Bibliothèque municipale, 236, 237.

  12. ———. 2007. Opuscola Sacra I. Louvain: Peeters.

    Vol. 1. Capita dogmatica: Traités II, III, IV. Texte latin de l'édition de Claudio Moreschini.

    Introduction, traduction et commentaire par Alain Galonnier; préface de Jean Jolivet.

  13. ———. 2013. Opuscola Sacra Ii. Louvain: Peeters.

    Vol. 2. De sancta trinitate, De persona et duabus naturis: Traités I et V. Texte latin de l'édition de Claudio Moreschini.

    Introduction, traduction et commentaire par Alain Galonnier.

  14. ———. 1957. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii Philosophiae Consolatio. Turnhout: Brepols.

    Corpus Christianorum. Serie Latina 94.

  15. ———. 2000. De Consolatione Philosophiae. Opuscula Theologica. Lipsia: K. G. Saur.

    Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana.

    Second revised edition 2005.

ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS

N.B.: For the De consolatione philosophiae I give only the main translations (the list of translations is not yet complete).

  1. Boethius. 1994. "From His Second Commentary to Porphyry's Isagoge." In Five Texts on the Mediaeval Problem of Universals. Porphyry, Boethius, Abelard, Duns Scotus, Ockham, edited by Spade, Paul Vincent, 20-25. Indianapolis: Hackett.

  2. ———. 1984. "Second Commentary to De Interpretatione." In Aristotle's Theory of Language and Its Tradition. Texts from 500 to 1750, edited by Arens, Hans, 159-204. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

    Selection, translation and commentary by Hans Arens. Partial translation.

    Contents of the volume: Preface 1; 1. The extraordinary fate of Peri hermeneias 6; 2. Aristotle's text 16; 3. Commentary to Aristotle 24; 4. Ammonius: Commentary 58; 5. Commentary to Ammonius 124; 6. Boethius: Commentary 159; 7. Commentary to Boethius 205; 8. Abaelard: Glosses 231; 9. Commentary to Abaelard 303; 10. Albertus Magnus: Paraphrase 339; 11. Commentary to Albert 376; 12. Thomas Aquinas: Expositio 397; 13. Commentary to Thomas 434; 14. Martinus de Dacia: Quaestiones 458; 15. Commentary to Martin 471; 16. Johannes a S.Thoma: Ars logica 484; 17. Commentary to John of St.Thomas 507; 18. James Harris, an Aristotelian of the 18th century 514; References 523; Concordance 527; Index of Persons 530.

  3. ———. 2010. Boethius: On Aristotle on Interpretation 1-3. London: Duckworth.

    Translated by Andrew Smith.

  4. ———. 2011. Boethius: On Aristotle on Interpretation 4-6. London: Duckworth.

    Translated by Andrew Smith.

  5. ———. 1998. On Determinism. Ammonius on Aristotle on Interpretation 9 with Boethius on Aristotle on Interpretation 9 First and Second Commentaries. London: Duckworth.

    Ammonius translated by David Blank; Boethius translated by Norman Kretzmann.

    With essays by Richard Sorabji, Norman Kretzmann and Mario Mignucci.

  6. ———. 2008. Anicii Manlii Severini Boethii De Syllogismo Categorico. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg.

    Critical edition with introduction, translation, notes, and indexes by Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist.

  7. ———. 1988. In Ciceronis Topica. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

    Translated with notes and an introduction by Eleonore Stump.

  8. ———. 1978. De Topicis Differentiis. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

    Translated, with notes and essays on the text, by Eleonore Stump.

  9. ———. 1988. "On Division." In Logic and Philosophy of Language, edited by Kretzmann, Norman and Stump, Eleonore, 11-38. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    The Cambridge translations of medieval philosophical texts. Vol 1.

  10. ———. 1998. De Divisione Liber. Leiden: Brill.

    Critical edition, translation, prolegomena and commentary by John Magee.

  11. ———. 1983. Boethian Number Theory. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

    Translation, with introduction and notes, of the De institutione arithmetica by Charles Masi.

  12. ———. 1969. Fundamentals of Music. New Haven: Yale University Press.

    Translated, with introduction and notes by Calvin M. Bower.

  13. ———. 1973. The Theological Tractates / the Consolation of Philosophy. London: Heinemann.

    The Loeb Classical Library; new edition; Latin text and English translation.

    The theological tractates translated by H. F. Stewart, E. K. Rand and S. J. Tester; The consolation of philosophy translated by S. J. Tester.

  14. ———. 1999. The Consolation of Philosophy. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    Translated with introduction and explanatory notes by Patrick Gerard Walsh.

  15. ———. 2001. The Consolation of Philosophy. Indianapolis: Hackett.

    Translated, with introduction and notes, by Joel C. Relihan.

FRENCH TRANSLATIONS

  1. Boèce. 1995. Institution Arithmétique. Paris: Belles Lettres.

    Latin text and French translation by Jean-Yves Guillaumin.

  2. ———. 2005. Traité De La Musique. Turnhout: Brepols.

    Texte Latin (de l'édition publiée en 1867 par Gottfried Friedlein) et traduction française par Christian Meyer.

ITALIAN TRANSLATIONS

  1. Boezio. 1969. Trattato Sulla Divisione. Padova: Liviana.

    Latin text and Italian translation with an introduction and commentary by Lorenzo Pozzi.

  2. ———. 1969. De Hypotheticis Syllogismis. Brescia: Paideia.

    Latin text, Italian translation, introduction and commentary by Luca Obertello.

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