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A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation is extremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printing decisions (on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc.); the notes are kept to a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension and are truly informative. And the introduction admirably presents both basic information and a sense of current scholarly opinion. --S. G. Nugent, Princeton University

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Plato
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
Release: 1989-05-01
File: 109 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781603845014

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims to offer a balanced and engaging assessment of its content, artistry, and purpose. A brief survey of the influence of the work upon subsequent generations is included to demonstrate its enduring relevance and power. All quotations from the original are translated into English. Plato's Symposium tells of a dinner party at a crucial point in Athenian history at which the guests decide that they will each in turn deliver a speech in praise of love. The humorous and brilliant work that follows points the way towards all Western thinking about love. The Symposium is also one of Plato's most sophisticated meditations on the practice of philosophy. This book introduces the literary and historical context of Plato's work, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has cast this work in a highly unusual narrative form. A final chapter traces the influence of the Symposium from antiquity to the modern day.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Richard Hunter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2004-07-15
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: 0198036442

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Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Plato
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 2001-02
File: 199 Pages
ISBN-13: 0226042758

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"By far the liveliest, most readable translation ever published of the Symposium--perhaps the liveliest, most readable translation of a Platonic dialogue ever printed."--John Patrick Lynch "Much the best translation of the Symposium that I have ever read. In his ambition to avoid 'translator's English' Griffith has been completely successful. Nor has he sacrificed accuracy, even where he sacrifices literalness."--G. R. F. Ferrari

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Plato
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 1993-05-01
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 0520066952

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The dramatic nature of Plato?s dialogues is delightfully evident in The Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon?s house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy.With wit and insight, they each present their ideas about love?from Erixymachus?s scientific naturalism to Aristophanes? comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima?s ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself. Ecstasy and intoxication clash as Plato concludes with one of his most skillful displays of dialectic.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Plato
Publisher: Agora Publications
Release: 2003
File: 49 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781887250283

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The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC. It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking gathering at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens.

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Genre: Foreign Language Study
Author: Plato
Publisher: Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
Release: 2011-09-15
File: 4 Pages
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In his Symposium, Plato crafted speeches in praise of love that has influenced writers and artists from antiquity to the present. But questions remain concerning the meaning of specific features, the significance of the dialogue as a whole, and the character of its influence. Here, an international team of scholars addresses such questions.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: James H. Lesher
Publisher: Harvard Univ Center for Hellenic
Release: 2006
File: 446 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015068766792

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Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiades, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of desire and its role in the good and happy human life. At the core of the work stands Socrates' praise of philosophical desire, and an argument for the superiority of the philosophical life as the best route to happiness. This edition provides an accessible and engaging new translation by M. C. Howatson, and a substantial introduction, by Frisbee C. C. Sheffield, which guides the reader through the various parts of the dialogue and reflects on its central arguments. A chronology and detailed notes on the participants help to set this enduring work in context.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Frisbee C. C. Sheffield
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2008-04-24
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 1139469908

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Provocative reinterpretation of Plato's Symposium.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Steven Berg
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 2010-02-23
File: 182 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438430195

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pubOne.info present you this new edition. Of all the works of Plato the Symposium is the most perfect in form, and may be truly thought to contain more than any commentator has ever dreamed of; or, as Goethe said of one of his own writings, more than the author himself knew. For in philosophy as in prophecy glimpses of the future may often be conveyed in words which could hardly have been understood or interpreted at the time when they were uttered (compare Symp. )- which were wiser than the writer of them meant, and could not have been expressed by him if he had been interrogated about them. Yet Plato was not a mystic, nor in any degree affected by the Eastern influences which afterwards overspread the Alexandrian world. He was not an enthusiast or a sentimentalist, but one who aspired only to see reasoned truth, and whose thoughts are clearly explained in his language. There is no foreign element either of Egypt or of Asia to be found in his writings. And more than any other Platonic work the Symposium is Greek both in style and subject, having a beauty 'as of a statue, ' while the companion Dialogue of the Phaedrus is marked by a sort of Gothic irregularity.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Plato
Publisher: Pubone.Info
Release: 1876
File: 140 Pages
ISBN-13: ONB:+Z225145309

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