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The Symposium


In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society, and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love - as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action, and as a means of ethical education.

Translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Gill

Title:The Symposium
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:131 pages
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    The Symposium Reviews

  • Glenn Russell
    May 06, 2014

    Plato’s Symposium is one of the best loved classics from the ancient world, a work of consummate beauty as both philosophy and as literature, most appropriate since the topic of this dialogue is the...

  • Richard Derus
    May 21, 2012

    Rating: 2* of five, all for Aristophanes's way trippy remix of the Book of GenesisWhile perusing a review of Death in Venice (dreadful tale, yet another fag-must-die-rather-than-love piece of normativ...

  • Manny
    Jul 27, 2014

    OPRAH: Good evening and welcome to What's the Most Spiritual Book of All Time? For people who missed last week's exciting semi-final round, The Sermon on the Mount beat The Bhagavad Gita 4-1 while Jon...

  • Riku Sayuj
    Jan 05, 2014

    “It’s been less than three years that I’ve been Socrates’ companion and made it my job to know exactly what he says and does each day. Before that, I simply drifted aimlessly. Of course, I u...

  • Foad
    Aug 31, 2014

    افلاطون، در رساله ی بسیار دلکش "ضیافت" ، بحث مفصلی راجع به حقیقت "عشق" می کند.رساله به بازگویی ماجرای یک ضیافت می...

  • Ian
    Aug 12, 2013

    I Never Met a Physician Who Wasn’t Descended from a GreekThis might just be the work that put the "meta-" (at least the "metafiction") in "metaphysics".Plato’s name is attached to it, but its prin...

  • Fatemeh sherafati
    Jul 23, 2016

    خیلی کتاب خوبی بود.. زیاد پیش اومده بود که بشنوم سقراط از شیوه ی پرسش و پاسخ استفااده می کنه برای بحث کردن.. تو ای...

  • Trevor
    Jul 07, 2007

    In this book Socrates argues that it is not always a good idea to have sex with boys and Aristophanes explains we were once co-joined creatures of three sexes - either male/female, male/male or female...

  • David Sarkies
    Aug 23, 2015

    The life of the party26 August 2015 You've really got to love the way Plato writes philosophy. Whereas everybody else simply writes what is in effect a work of non-fiction explaining some ideas, Plato...

  • Scarlett
    Apr 18, 2017

    A tale of five wise men with moral advice [later to be found in Aesop’s special collection]Once upon a time, when the world was fresh and young, swarming with dazzlingly white togas and beards reach...