Symposium

Symposium

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by Plato
     
 

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During a lively dinner party, a series of speakers offer their views on eros or desire. They see love as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action and a means of ethical education. Through jokes and flirtation they reveal their attitudes to love and personal relationships. Aristophanes, the comic poet, tells a haunting myth about our long-lost

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During a lively dinner party, a series of speakers offer their views on eros or desire. They see love as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action and a means of ethical education. Through jokes and flirtation they reveal their attitudes to love and personal relationships. Aristophanes, the comic poet, tells a haunting myth about our long-lost unity as couples; since then, each of us has been looking for our 'other half'. Socrates radically rethinks the nature of love, and delivers a massive challenge to ancient -- and modern -- romanticism. Finally, the glamorous Alcibiades appears, drunk and supported by a courtesan, to tell us why he tried to seduce Socrates -- and why he failed.

Full of drama, humour and sharply drawn characters, the Symposium offers profound insights into gender roles, sex in society and the value of sublimating our basic instincts. Perhaps no other single work from antiquity retains such direct and immediate relevance for everyone today.

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A fantastic book. Translation is graceful and elegant yet uncannily accurate. Footnotes very useful, especially for teaching purposes, and the price is surprisingly low. --Eve Browning Cole, University of Minnesota

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ISBN-13:
2940000747858
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
09/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
201 KB

Meet the Author

Born to a politically connected and aristocratic family between 428 and 423 B.C. , Plato received a good standard of education at an early age, and was able to immerse himself in the intellectual community of Ancient Athens. His most notable contemporary and mentor was Socrates, an eccentric but highly capable philosopher who was to feature as a principle character in most of Plato's scholarly writings. Owing to his high standard of education in art, mathematics, rhetoric and philosophy, Plato was able to assemble a comprehensive philosophy of his own via his favoured form of writing which was the dialogue. In total, over thirty of these Platonic dialogues have survived the passage of time - and together they form the backbone of Ancient Greek philosophy.

After enjoying success as a writer and academic, Plato in 385 B.C. founded The Academy. This school was to unite the most capable thinkers of Greece, and would help to advance learning throughout Greek society's Golden Age. It was in the Academy that Plato would instruct and apprentice Aristotle, who was to go on to gain renown as a philosopher and scholar. Owing to his reputation Plato was hired by Dion, whose nephew Dionysus II was the rightful ruler of Sicily - Dion wished his nephew to receive a good education in the art of sound and wise governance. However Dionysus II became suspicious and accused both Plato and Dion of conspiracy - after some time spent under arrest, Plato returned to his homeland. In his late period, Plato continued to tutor and mentor the best young minds of Athens, and he would perish around 348 B.C. having lived beyond the age of eighty. Today Plato's legacy remains lauded: the philosopher ably used logic and reason to imbue insight on democratic governance, while developing a cohesive philosophy on topics such as art, metaphysics, justice and the 'Theory of Forms' - his iconic take on how ideas related to reality.

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The Symposium 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Paradeus More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the classics of Western thought. It is not only a glimpse into Greek culture and norms but also into one of the West's greatest minds.
Anonymous 10 months ago
*she followed Haddi after she muttered a pray to rantach*
Anonymous 10 months ago
*walked in* "Oh sh.it"
Anonymous 10 months ago
*stumbles in* Ah crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Test
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid ASS PI!!! Sorry teya. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The~ " im at where we talk at the next book.... " teas roll don my face. " I thought you were different...."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The~ looks away " I should have known...... " runs off. " I trusted you pi!!! and now you do this!!! I shouldove guessed!!!""
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teh to Pi~ im at the next book... its caalled black ops: omega missile. i miss you.. im going to gabs house after school so we can mabey figure out a way to talk.... plz reply... I love you ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U can say that again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tehya~ walks in. " i only got one post so... to Athena: Dont you dare try anything i trust Pi, but STILL... ill bb whenever my nook is still gone so.... " turns to Pi " i love you and watch out for the stalkers!!! hehe love you babe, im at our next result" gone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg bbt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is callie on?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a she-cat. Fu.ck me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks around looking for petra.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am here to rp a dragonet for spyt fyre. Of mistfire. Idk. Just give me personality age and name. And looks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was impaled in a branch. Locked her bloodred eyes upon Storm's " MY kind will pursue you to the end. Not even your mate will be able to protect you... You shall die at the talons of my brothers and sisters. " She made a death rattle and slumped, dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked up to him. A delicate blue with golden horns and silver eyes. The eyes seemed to posses much knowledge. Except.... they looked exactly like Mira's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtgt soccer bbl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He got up and walked into a cave
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks i wearing a cloak and having a sheethed sword "may i join?" I ask as im taking off my hood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lights a stick of dynomite " boom boom time!" Throws it on the ground
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She glances around sadly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Amethyst.