Plato The Symposium (Penguin Classics)
Paperback - Reprinted 1987
Copyright 1951 by Walter Hamilton (Translator)
--Book Condition: USED/Very Good. Light wear. Beige pages clean no writings.--
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.
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.
Library Journal 07/01/2006 pg. 122 (EAN 9780143037538, Paperback)
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