Plato's "Symposium"

Plato's "Symposium"

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Plato's Symposium tells of a dinner party at a crucial point in Athenian history at which the guests decide that they will each in turn deliver a speech in praise of love. The humourous and brilliant work that follows points the way towards all Western thinking about love. The Symposium is also one of Plato's most sophisticated meditations on the practice of philosophy. This book introduces the literary and historical context of Plato's work, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has cast this work in a highly unusual narrative form. A final chapter traces the influence of the Symposium from antiquity to the modern day. No knowledge of Greek or Greek philosophy is required.show more

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  • Hardback | 164 pages
  • 137.2 x 203.2 x 17.8mm | 272.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195160797
  • 9780195160796

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[Hunter's] fine study does full justice to the complexity of this ever fascinating work and will encourage further thought amongst readers. Penelope Murray, Journal of Hellenic studies 126,Reviews of Books 211show more

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