The Pursuit of Happiness: A Review of the Relevance of Boethian Philosophies in the 21st Century with a Ceramic Component
This thesis is a collaboration of a written essay and a collection of pottery based upon Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius and his work The Consolation of Philosophy. Each ceramic piece symbolically represents a main character in Boethius’ book. The personalities and individual qualities of each role were analyzed and used collectively to form five unique vessels. The pieces signify the part each played in reviving the dejected Boethius as well as revealing the keys to true happiness to readers. The essay is divided into five parts, the first of which is the history of Boethius himself, followed by a brief section showing the importance of each chosen character, a small segment on art form and expression, and explanation relating the features of each piece of pottery to each character. The conclusion will explain this invaluable wisdom written in the 6th century and its relevance to the 21st century.