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Symposium
     

Symposium

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by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (Translator)
 

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406558685
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Plato, (428-348BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato's entire œuvre is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years.

Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the very foundations of Western philosophy and science. The philosopher came from one of the wealthiest and most politically active families in Athens. Ancient sources describe him as a bright though modest boy who excelled in his studies.

His father contributed all which was necessary to give to his son a good education, and, therefore, Plato must have been instructed in grammar, music, gymnastics and philosophy by some of the most distinguished teachers of his era. Apuleius informs us that Speusippus praised Plato's quickness of mind and modesty as a boy, and the "first fruits of his youth infused with hard work and love of study."

The precise relationship between Plato and Socrates remains an area of contention among scholars. Plato makes it clear in his Apology of Socrates, that he was a devoted young follower of Socrates. In that dialogue, Socrates is presented as mentioning Plato by name as one of those youths close enough to him to have been corrupted, if he were in fact guilty of corrupting the youth, and questioning why their fathers and brothers did not step forward to testify against him if he was indeed guilty of such a crime (33d-34a). Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, the works of Plato have never been without readers since the time they were written.

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The Symposium 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 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 More than 1 year 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
*stumbles in* Ah crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U can say that again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg bbt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is callie on?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks around looking for petra.
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
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
Sat.
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
Read the post at the last res
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
HOLD IT MOTHERF.UCKER DO YOU STICK IT?
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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
Hungry, he flew out of the camp to hunt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back off before I put you somewhere you don't want to be, like in the hospital, or a roadside ditch, bro ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she huddled back against the tree from the day before, her eyes cast downward.*
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
"Well, miss Ava... I would assume I am some sort of... Herm. I don't know, actually. I have this gold coin, a medallion, and a sword.."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just making sure :)