Symposium

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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests--including the comic poet Aristophanes and 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 a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious ...
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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests--including the comic poet Aristophanes and 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 a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time. Engaging the reader on every page, this new translation conveys the power, humor, and pathos of Plato's creation and is complemented by full explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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: 9780199540198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 169,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.

Alexander Nehamas is Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University.

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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

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