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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: 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

Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He has written widely on ancient philosophy and literature.

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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 February 16, 2015

    Dear Starfire

    Stop being an over-dramatic drama queen. Its not all about u .. from me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2015

    Inquiremore

    Sat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Netflix to William

    [Very dark brown. For the character design, l had initially considered white, but then Netflix's awesome meter might cause nosebleeds and chronic fangirling with his Prussia-ness. C:]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Viper2

    Flicked not licked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2015

    To Viper

    Read the post at the last res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    HOLY FU.CK

    HOLD IT MOTHERF.UCKER DO YOU STICK IT?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Test

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2015

    To tetris

    This isn't her real name. Plus, she hasn't said her name. Nlr does she have venom on her scales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Dragonet 2

    Ok" follows dragonet 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Clara

    She limps to camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2015

    &sun

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2015

    Sui Riu

    ,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2015

    Emerald

    Hungry, he flew out of the camp to hunt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    To kyros

    Lol its me Storm ;) its true. &female+&male=&hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Colbalt

    [[You called? :)]] He walked in, running a hand through jis dirty-blond hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    Kyros

    Just making sure :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    To starling

    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

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