Symposium, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780872200760

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Symposium treats us to various philosophies of Love, which are put forward after a dinner party. The final and authoritative speach on the subject is given by Socrates. Plato manages to fit a bit of humor and discreet mockery in too, which makes it all the more entertaining. Translation by Hamilton.

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This is a book you can read in one sitting, a short but highly amusing work; I would love to see this enacted into a play. The humor is it's strong point, more so than the philosophy aspect. While the different takes on love (it's about harmony, or it's about becoming whole, or it's the animating force of the universe, and so on) is interesting it seems to get overshadowed by the humor. It's very odd to see this style after reading other things like The Republic and The Meno, and thus I think it's very unique and worth your time.