Plato: the Symposium

ISBN-10: 0521682983
ISBN-13: 9780521682985
Edition: 2008
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Description: Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 132
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the 4th century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiades, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of desire and its role in the good and happy human life. At the core of the work stands Socrates' praise of philosophical desire, and an argument for the superiority of the philosophical life as the best route to happiness. This edition provides an accessible and engaging new translation by M. C. Howatson, and a substantial introduction, by Frisbee Sheffield, which guides the reader through the various parts of the dialogue and reflects on its central arguments. A chronology and detailed notes on the participants help to set this enduring work in context.

M.C. Howatson is Emeritus Fellow in Classics at St Anne's College, Oxford.

Introduction
Further reading
Chronology
Translator's note
The Symposium
Glossary of Greek words
Index of names
Index of subjects

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