ISBN 9780140449273,Symposium

Symposium

Author:

Plato

Publisher:

Penguin Books

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ISBN 9780140449273
Publisher

Penguin Books

Publication Year 2003
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140449273

ISBN-10 0140449272
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 89 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

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. Christopher Gill's translation retains all the drama and humor of the Greek, bringing the historical figures to life. His introduction discusses aspects of classical Athenian life shown in The Symposium and provides thoughtful examinations of the individual speeches.
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