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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 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: 9781629100173
  • Publisher: Cole Dalton
  • Publication date: 8/14/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Jowett (15 April 1817 - 1 October 1893) was a theologian and translator of Plato.
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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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    Posted December 17, 2014

    Storm

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    Posted December 14, 2014

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    Posted December 21, 2014

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    Posted December 6, 2014

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    Posted December 15, 2014

    Nevermore addon

    And don't create drama.

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    Posted November 25, 2014

    K

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    Posted November 23, 2014

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