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Plato's retelling of the discourses ...

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Overview

The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.

Plato's retelling of the discourses between Socrates and his friends on such subjects as love and desire, truth and illusion, spiritual transcendence and the qualities of a good ruler, profoundly affected the ways in which we view human relationships, society and leadership—and shaped the whole tradition of Western philosophy.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143037538
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Series: Penguin Great Ideas Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 778,759
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 7.23 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Plato (c. 427–347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction x
The Symposium 1
Notes 65
Select Bibliography 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    Socrates through Plato

    THE SYMPOSIUM is one of the most influential dialogues of Plato. Literally in Greek, symposium means dinner party, and THE SYMPOSIUM is a dinner party at the house of the tragic poet Agathon. At the party, the guests decide to make speeches to the god Love. However in the introduction, you will find that Christopher Gill had some trouble translating Eros. Eros in Greek myths is the goddess Aphrodite's little helper, Latinized as Cupid. However these intellectuals discuss about the nature of Eros and how it extends to every form of life. The Symposium is truly an important work and should be read by anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with Plato.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    A must have book!

    The sheer age of this work is astounding but still very fresh in an age that is indeed bigoted and working to hide the fact that the whole of the world thought history has not been based on the ideas of Judo-Christian love. The ideas of love between two people of the same gender was not strange to the Greeks of the past, the fact that men did love each other as they loved women was demonstrated in this work that seeks to understand that greatest of all powers. The way in which we demonstrate that love or understand it has never been monolithic and this book will open your eyes to the possibilities that are out there.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    I read this book on three plane trips across the globe. It was a very interesting book, with a lot of ideas that seem to have merit behind them. It¿s amazing how different the ancestors out look on so many subjects were so much more enlightened then our own. This classic will give you a new (really old) way to see the world. It will enable you to consider the world in different fashions and just may give you a new understanding of your fellow human beings past and present. I hope that you the reader will enjoy this book as much as I did. J

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    To caleb

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    Posted October 17, 2014

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    Posted October 19, 2014

    THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK IS EPIC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Trinity - Smith

    "Do you have a dragon?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Little

    Puffed up her scales and drank water, spitting it at Cassi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Another Dudette

    Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai. Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristen Levine. Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. Wonder by R. J. Palacio. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. Poison by Bridgit Zinn. One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt. True Legend by Mike Lupica. Legend by Marie Lu. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Ungifted by Gordon Korman. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Code Talker by Joseph Brumac. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Ty's Bio

    Name: Typhoon. Call me Ty <p> Age: young. Young for a normal dragon <p> Gender: &female <p> Looks: black leather scales. Dark sea blue eyes with a hint of grey along her pupil. Small bridges of spikes along her spine and tail. Black leather wings with a web design at the edges. Long white teeth that can grow to fangs. <p> Personality: on going. Shes adventurous and immature. She sees the curiousity of things and is very playful. <p> Rider: no one yet <p> Mate/Crush/Status: single. No crush yet nor mate <p> Powers: she has supernatural senses and is very intelligent. She can telepathically move things with her mind and cast magic <p> Emm... no go away fellow mortal. I was locked out of the bio book so this was my best chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    Cassi

    nodded, then sighed, walking out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    Cira

    Cira sighed and got up...Dracon scrabled up her and nestled around her neck...and they went back to camp...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Ty

    (Did i just miss the fight? D:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Cas

    Never seen it. Ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Bios

    At third res

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