Symposium

Symposium

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by Plato
     
 

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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC at which the guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and, of course, Plato's mentor Socrates - each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who

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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC at which the guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and, of course, Plato's mentor Socrates - each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness. And then into the party bursts the drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time, who insists on praising Socrates himself rather than love, and gives us a brilliant sketch of this enigmatic character. The power, humour, and pathos of Plato's creation engages the reader on every page. This new translation is complemented by full explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.

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"A brilliant translation that gives new life to a classic. The introduction alone is worth the price of the text. Waterfield brings grace and style to the Symposium, brushing away the dust that pollutes the inferior, dead translations of the past."—William McTaggart, Westminster College

"The translation is quite good, remaining faithful to the original while flowing smoothly for the modern reader."—Ancient Philosophy

"Waterfield's translation is scholarly, yet in touch with the ZEITGEIST. More accessible than its predecessors, students will benefit from the refreshingly new tone of the introduction and translation. The notes and the index of names also add a fresh level of usefulness and a measure of charm."—Elf S. Raymond, Sarah Lawrence College

"Great. Superb notes. Informative but not pedantic."—Professor John R. Lenz, Drew University

"[The] introductory material is lucid and well-chosen."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"I like full Intro., marginal ref. numbers, excellent notes, size, and comfortable binding."—Madonna R. Adams, Pace University

"Waterfield's editions in the World's Classics series are superlative. Lucidly translated, his notes of explanation are, additionally, useful both to novice and to scholar."—Verna V. Gehring, Hood College

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ISBN-13:
9780191605499
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
04/02/1998
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities.

Christopher Gill is a Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He has written widely on ancient philosophy and literature.

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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 7 months ago
*she followed Haddi after she muttered a pray to rantach*
Anonymous 7 months ago
*walked in* "Oh sh.it"
Anonymous 7 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.