The Symposium

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The scene is a dinner party for the literati of Athens, the action a series of speeches by the guests. From these there emerges a complete and complex philosophy of love. Christopher Gill’s translation retains all the drama and humour of the Greek, bringing the historical figures to life.

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‘Perhaps the most entertaining work of philosophy ever written … the first really systematic and serious attempt to say what love is’ John Armstrong, Guardian

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 or a path to goodness.

Translated with an Introduction by Christopher Gill

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Weight 0.112 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

89

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

184 (edition:22)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K