The Symposium

The Symposium

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 transcen In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their...

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Title:The Symposium
Author:Plato
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Συμπόσιον
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:131 pages pages

The Symposium Reviews

  • Trevor
    Jul 07, 2007
    In this book Socrates argues that it is not always a good idea to have sex with boys and Aristophanes explains we were once co-joined creatures of three sexes - either male/female, male/male or female/female and were shaped like balls. How could anyone not find this a book worth readin...
  • James
    Jul 04, 2009
    The nature of eros is discussed in this famous dialogue by Plato. Symposium literally means "drinking party" in ancient Greek and this was one well-attended party with the likes of Alcibiades, Aristophanes, Agathon, Pausanias, Eryximachus and Socrates. A variety of views are put forwar...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jul 03, 2008
    ????????? = Symposium, Plato The Symposium (Ancient Greek: ?????????) is a philosophical text by Plato dated c. 385?370 BC. It depicts a friendly contest of extemporaneous speeches given by a group of notable men attending a banquet. The men include the philosopher...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jan 05, 2014
    ?It?s been less than three years that I?ve been Socrates? companion and made it my job to know exactly what he says and does each day. Before that, I simply drifted aimlessly. Of course, I used to think that what I was doing was important, but in fact I was the most worthle...
  • Manny
    Jul 27, 2014
    OPRAH: Good evening and welcome to What's the Most Spiritual Book of All Time? For people who missed last week's exciting semi-final round, The Sermon on the Mount beat The Bhagavad Gita 4-1 while Jonathan Livingston Seagull unexpectedly lost 3-2 to outsider The Symposium. Let's all we...
  • Brian
    Aug 15, 2017
    In one of those strange literary coincidences this short treatise on Love by Plato has been referenced this past week in my reading of Barth?s The Friday Book and Hilton Als?s White Girls. And for completely different reasons. I haven?t plunged head-first into White Girls just ye...
  • Jonfaith
    Dec 19, 2013
    And Agathon said, It is probable, Socrates, that I knew nothing of what I had said. And yet spoke you beautifully, Agathon, he said. Back in the late 1990s a cowpunk band named The Meat Purveyors had a song, Why Does There Have To Be A Morning After? It detailed stumbling around i...
  • Richard Derus
    May 21, 2012
    Rating: 2* of five, all for Aristophanes's way trippy remix of the Book of Genesis While perusing a review of Death in Venice (dreadful tale, yet another fag-must-die-rather-than-love piece of normative propaganda) written by my good friend Stephen, he expressed a desire to read The...
  • Amir Latifi
    May 09, 2018
    ?????? ?????: ?/? ??? ???????? ???? ??? ???????. ???????? ?? ???? ?? ??? ??????. ???? ?????? ???. ??? ??? ????? ????? ???? ? ????? ?? ??? ?????? ?????? ?????....
  • Ian "Marvin" Graye
    Aug 12, 2013
    I Never Met a Physician Who Wasn?t Descended from a Greek This might just be the work that put the "meta-" (at least the "metafiction") in "metaphysics". Plato?s name is attached to it, but its principal focus is Socrates. And guess what? Socrates doesn?t so much elaborate ...
  • David Sarkies
    Aug 23, 2015
    The life of the party 26 August 2015 You've really got to love the way Plato writes philosophy. Whereas everybody else simply writes what is in effect a work of non-fiction explaining some ideas, Plato seems to have the habit of inserting them into a story. Okay, he may not be the...
  • Elena
    Nov 22, 2012
    The Symposium holds the key to ancient psychology. One has but to compare post-Freudian psychology's understanding of the drives with Plato's discourse on human longing here in order to measure the distance between the ancient and modern orientations to reality. It is strange for us to...
  • Sheyda Heydari Shovir
    Dec 03, 2015
    ????????/????? ?? ????? ???? ?????? ? ?????? ???????? ?? ????? ? ?? ?? ???? ???? ???? ??????? ????. ??? ??????? ????? ???? ?? ????? ???? ?? ??????. ??? ???????...
  • Steve
    Sep 04, 2013
    HEADLINE: This is priceless! When I was a young man, I and my friends certainly had some strange conversations, possibly aided by some substances of questionable legality in certain countries, but we never quite managed to attain the heights of strangeness reached at this banquet/dr...
  • Glenn Russell
    Mar 25, 2018
    Plato?s Symposium is one of the best loved classics from the ancient world, a work of consummate beauty as both philosophy and as literature, most appropriate since the topic of this dialogue is the nature of love and includes much philosophizing on beauty. In the spirit of fresh...
  • Foad
    Aug 31, 2014
    ???????? ?? ????? ? ????? ???? "?????" ? ??? ????? ???? ?? ????? "???" ?? ???. ????? ?? ??????? ?????? ?? ????? ?? ??????. ?????? ??????? ?? ????? ? ?????? ?? ??...
  • Mohammadjavad Abbasi
    Jan 18, 2016
    ???? ?????? ?????? ??? ?? ?????? ????? ??? ?? ??? ?? ????? ????? ????? ????? ?????.?? ??? ?????? ??? ?? ??? ? ???? ? ????? ???? ?????? ? ??? ???????? ?? ?? ????...
  • Gypsy
    Oct 19, 2017
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  • Xanthi
    Jul 17, 2018
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  • Evripidis Gousiaris
    Jul 05, 2017
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  • Fatemeh sherafati
    Jul 23, 2016
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  • Eva
    Nov 26, 2015
    Two points about this book that I didn't enjoy. Firstly the descriptions of intimate relations with persons of a very very young age which although not exclusive to the Greek people in those times were nevertheless disturbing to read about. Secondly, in the last pages he seems to be to...
  • Daniel Leverquin
    Dec 01, 2017
    Gozba, simpozion, ili simpozijum je bila jedna od najzanimljivijih ustanova starogr?kog dru?tva. Predstavljala je spoj ve?ernje zabave, pijanke i politi?ko-filozofskog foruma mu?karaca jer ?enama nije bio dozvoljen pristup. Naj?e??e je organizovana u ?ast pobede na nekom od a...
  • Mahdi Lotfi
    Jul 23, 2016
    ?????? ?????? ?? ????????? ??? ?? ??????? ???????????????? ???. ????? ??? ?????? ???? ?? ??? ??? ? ??? ??? ??????? ??? ??????? ?? ?????? ??? ??????. ??? ???? ...
  • صان
    Jun 30, 2018
    ???? ????? ??? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ????????? ???. ??? ?????? ?????? ????? ??? ????????? ?? ???? ????? ?? ??? ??? ???? ???? ? ????? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ?? ?...
  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    Aug 05, 2017
    Lectura #6 de la materia de Teora del Conocimiento, "El Banquete". Citas y pequeos comentarios de uso personal: Sabios reunidos: Fedro, Agaton, Eriximaco, Pausanias, Aristodemo, Aristfanes *Tributo al amor. "El Amor es un gran dios, muy digno de ser honrado por los di...
  • Rezvan
    Apr 22, 2018
    ?? ??? ???? ??????? ???? ? ????? ????? ??? ?? ?? ???? ????? ???? ?????. ???? ???? ???? ???. ?????? ?? ???? ??????? ????? ?? ?? ?????? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ???...
  • Soheil
    Mar 14, 2018
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  • Shaghayegh.l3
    Aug 05, 2017
    ??? ??? ??? ?? ???? ????? ?? ?? ??? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ???? ?? ???? ??????? ??? ?? ??? ! ????????? ???? ?? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ????? ?????? ? ?? ????? ??...
  • Elham 8
    Feb 21, 2014
    ???? ??? ???? ?? ????? ??? ???? ??????. ????? ???? ?????? ?????? ??? ??? ?? ???? ??? ??????? ???? ??????? ?? ??????. ? ??? ?????????? ?? ?? ?????. ??? ??? ??? ?...