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The Symposium A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts, as relevant today as everIn 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 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 educationFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than , titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators


10 thoughts on “The Symposium

  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Plato s Symposium is one of the most 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 freshness, I will focus on one


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Symposium, PlatoThe 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 Socrates, the general and political figure Alcibiades, and the comic


  3. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 2 of five, all for Aristophanes s way trippy remix of the Book of GenesisWhile 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 Symposium before he eventua


  4. Manny Manny says:

    OPRAH Good evening and welcome to What s the Most Spiritual Book of All TimeFor 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 welcome our finalistsApplau


  5. Riku Sayuj Riku Sayuj says:

    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 worthless man on earth as bad as you are this


  6. Trevor Trevor says:

    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 reading


  7. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    It has been a long time since I first read The Symposium That was back in university, in my freshman year course Sexuality in Literature I admit I found it all a bit shocking the open tolerance of sexual relationships between men and boys wasn t it pederasty Even now, it is surprising to find that one of the


  8. Elenabot Elenabot says:

    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 conceive this in the post


  9. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    I Never Met a Physician Who Wasn t Descended from a GreekThis 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 on his own views as 1 recount the views of others e


  10. 7jane 7jane says:

    I m glad I chose this translation by Robin Waterfield , and this publisher Oxford World s Classic the introduction is of great help, and the text flows easily and is very understandable, and doesn t feel stiff and such.This book s subject is a series of speeches praising Love both of sexual and of mind kind the


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