Symposium

Symposium

Hardback (22 Dec 2000) | English

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Synopsis

It has been said that, after the Bible, Plato's dialogues are the most influential books in Western culture. And of the dialogues, the Symposium is the most delightful and accessible, requiring no special knowledge of ancient Greek philosophy or customs. Dramatizing a party in fifth-century B.C. Athens, the deceptively unassuming Symposium introduces--in the guise of convivial after-dinner conversation--profound ideas about the nature of love. In Phaedrus, here published together with the Symposium, Plato discusses the place of eloquence in expounding truth. In both dialogues, Socrates plays the leading role, by turns teasing, arguing, analyzing, joking, inspiring, and cajoling his followers into understanding ideas that have remained central to Western thought through the centuries.

Book information

ISBN: 9781857151947
Publisher: Everyman
Imprint: Everyman
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 376g
Height: 213mm
Width: 136mm
Spine width: 21mm