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Symposium ; and Phaedrus

Author: Plato.; Tom Griffith
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2000.
Series: Everyman's library, no. 194.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It has been said that, after the Bible, Plato's dialogues are the most influential books in Western culture. Of these, the Symposium is by far the most delightful and accessible, requiring no special knowledge of philosophy or Greek society. Describing a party in the Athens of the fifth century BC, this short and deceptively unassuming book introduces profound ideas about the nature of love in the guise of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Socrates.; Socrates.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Plato.; Tom Griffith
ISBN: 0375411747 9780375411748
OCLC Number: 45375156
Description: xli, 195 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Everyman's library, no. 194.
Other Titles: Symposium.
Symposium and Phaedrus
Responsibility: Plato ; translated by Tom Griffith ; with an introduction by Richard Rutherford.
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"It has been said that, after the Bible, Plato's dialogues are the most influential books in Western culture. Of these, the Symposium is by far the most delightful and accessible, requiring no special knowledge of philosophy or Greek society. Describing a party in the Athens of the fifth century BC, this short and deceptively unassuming book introduces profound ideas about the nature of love in the guise of convivial after-dinner conversation. Published together with the Symposium is Phaedrus, in which Plato discusses the place of eloquence in expounding truth. Socrates plays the leading role in both dialogues, by turns arguing, joking, and teasing his followers into understanding ideas that have remained central to Western thought ever since."--Jacket.

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