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    DescriptionUnfolding in an informal setting, Plato's "The Symposium" is a powerful discussion on the nature of love, translated from the Greek with notes and an introduction by Christopher Gill in "Penguin Classics". In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerge 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 humour of Plato's language, 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. Plato (c.4 27-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded the Academy in Athens, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and the prototype of all Western universities. If you enjoyed "The Symposium", you might like Aristotle's "Poetics", also available in "Penguin Classics". "Translated in bright modern English by Christopher Gill." (Peter Stothard, "The Times").


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    Title
    The Symposium
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Plato, Translated by Christopher Gill, Introduction by Christopher Gill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 23 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140449273
    ISBN 10: 0140449272
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    B&T General Subject: 500
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    DC22: 184
    DC21: 184
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    LC classification: B385.A5
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and theprototype of all Western universities. Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He has written widely on ancient philosophy and literature.