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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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9781291441079
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Publication date:
06/02/2013
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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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Name: Simone Jacob (Pronounced: Sea-moan Zhacob.) <br>Gender: Girl, Woman, Dudette, etc. <br>Age: 14 turning 15 (Birthday is 8/21) <br>Godly Parent: Pan <p>Looks: She has naturally wavy, dark brown hair with forest green eyes. Her freckles go across her face from cheek to cheek. She has a good build from mountain climbing. <p>Personality: She's very friendly and approachable. She's athletic and loves nature. She makes friends easily it doesn't have any enemies. She never judges personalities or lifestyles. <p>Powers: None really. She has a sword with a metal vine wrapped around the hilt. She calls it 'Vinny'. <p>History: Doesn't like to talk about it. <p>Hobbies: Rock climbing, photography, drawing pictures of landscapes, and track.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop being an over-dramatic drama queen. Its not all about u .. from me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the post at the last res
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HOLD IT MOTHERF.UCKER DO YOU STICK IT?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hungry, he flew out of the camp to hunt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol its me Storm ;) its true. &female+&male=&hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[[You called? :)]] He walked in, running a hand through jis dirty-blond hair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just making sure :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you to starling. I have felt deeply for you my whole life. Do you think we should bring starlight back to our cave? -duskcorpse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked around rhe vlake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dies. "I......died....."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOLO PEEPS! THATS MY ADVICE! SO LIVE, LOVE, HAVE FUN, AND EAT PIE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Come to a dragon tribe were youll be welcomed,come to heart if darkess (no typo) res 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*limps over to them* hey guys whats up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runs in with a AK-47.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Watch what I do.* He told her, leaning over the side and gazing into the water. His body was completely still, even his purple eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noms a fish, intently watching Drew...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Cool!" He looked at both of them then fell out of the tree, "Owww." He straightenedd up, "Aiden Darkshadow at your services."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ice is the largest, but Amethyst is dominant.