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Symposium

By: Plato Waterfield, Robin(Translated by)

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
0199540195 / 9780199540198
Paperback
184
11/09/2008
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20 cm 160 p.
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In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC at which the guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and, of course, Plato's mentor Socrates - each deliver a short speech in praise of love.

The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness. And then into the partybursts the drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time, who insists on praising Socrates himself rather than love, and gives us a brilliant sketch of this enigmatic character. The power, humour, and pathos of Plato's creation engages the reader on every page.

This new translation is complemented by full explanatory notes and an illuminating introduction.

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DB Classical texts, HPCA Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

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