Platos Symposium

Paperback | June 29, 2004

byRichard Hunter

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims tooffer a balanced and engaging assessment of its content, artistry, and purpose. A brief survey of the influence of the work upon subsequent generations is included to demonstrate its enduring relevance and power. All quotations from the original are translated into English. 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 humorous and brilliant work that follows points the way towards all Western thinking about love. The Symposium is also oneof 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 influenceof the Symposium from antiquity to the modern day.

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims tooffer a balanced and engaging assessment of it...

Richard Hunter is Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195160800

ISBN - 13:9780195160802

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Editor's ForewordPreliminary Note1. Setting the Scene2. Eros before Socrates3. The Love of Socrates4. The Morning AfterBibliography and Further ReadingIndex of PassagesGeneral Index

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"Hunter is largely successful in achieving his stated goals, his book is clear, stimulating, and well-informed introduction, rich with detail that puts the Symposium into its larger cultural context. It will be of particular value to students in literature and classics, but also of someinterest to those with a broad interest in the history of philosophy."--The Classical Outlook