Plato's Symposium (Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature)

Oxford methods to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces person works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who're coming near near them for the 1st time. each one quantity units the paintings in its literary and historic context, and goals to provide a balanced and fascinating evaluate of its content material, artistry, and function. a short survey of the effect of the paintings upon next generations is incorporated to illustrate its enduring relevance and gear. All quotations from the unique are translated into English.

Plato's Symposium tells of a cocktail party at an important element in Athenian historical past at which the visitors come to a decision that they're going to each one in flip carry a speech in compliment of affection. The funny and extraordinary paintings that follows issues the best way in the direction of all Western considering love. The Symposium is usually one in all Plato's so much subtle meditations at the perform of philosophy. This ebook introduces the literary and historic context of Plato's paintings, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has forged this paintings in a hugely strange narrative shape. a last bankruptcy strains the impact of the Symposium from antiquity to the fashionable day.

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