Symposium

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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 ...
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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 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199540198
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 238,072
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (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 July 5, 2014

    Katie

    Two years ago there was the Waldo Canyon fire. Last ear, it was the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires.

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    Posted July 4, 2014

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    Posted January 3, 2014

    Feather

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Shadowsun

    Hey how bout you go to underworld result one. Im Leaf btw @ underworld. Im expecting kits. My clanmates are there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Knkon

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    To Silversun

    Nice, Firefang. You can rp in result 13. It is the same as this one. Thats how I rp Smokefur & Thrushflight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Midnightfire

    She rests her head on her paws

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Firefang to all

    If you want to join a clan, join the DF we are not evil at all. We are located @ underworld all results.

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    Posted February 5, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Silveera

    Sorry dawn, my bad. Si do you have a rider. I have just bexome five moons and im a littke unsure of what to do. I wnat a rider desperatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Katie

    Katie drew her bow and notched an arrow. "You think they're really gone?" She asked Dawn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Ice

    Theres nothing wrong with creating your own space for you and your rider.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Dawn

    Okay. I think this is the riders place, so we could put political stuff at 'dragon laws' result 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Laurel

    Walked in to the small cave it had a small cot a couple pegs on the wall for her bow and quiver at the end of the cot there was a trunk caved out of wood witch held her clothes then there was small stream near the right wall of the cave then she had a desk and a couple chairs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Darklight

    Pads in and looks for Copperflare.

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