The Symposium by Plato

The Symposium

In 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 diffe...

Details The Symposium

TitleThe Symposium
Release DateFeb 27th, 2003
PublisherPenguin Books
GenrePhilosophy, Classics, Nonfiction

Reviews The Symposium

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Συμπόσιον = Symposium, PlatoThe Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) 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 playwright Aristophanes. عنوانها: ضیافت؛ سخن در خصوص عشق؛ اثر: اف...
  • Glenn Russell
    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 very important section, where Socrates relates the words of his teacher Diotima on the birth of Love explained in the context of myth:“Follo...
  • Richard Derus
    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 eventually re-reads this crapulous homophobic maundering deathless work of art. As I have read The Symposium with less than stellar results, I warn...
  • Manny
    OPRAH: Good evening and welcome to What's the Most Spiritual Book of All Time? For 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 finalists![Applause. Enter JESUS CHRIST and SOCRATES, both wearing tuxedos. They shake hands. More applause.]OPRAH: And now let me introduce our jury. I'm...
  • Riku Sayuj
    “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 very moment: I used to think philosophy was the last thing a man should do.” In Praise of Love: An Encore This is a dialogu...
  • Foad
    افلاطون، در رساله ی بسیار دلکش "ضیافت" ، بحث مفصلی راجع به حقیقت "عشق" می کند.رساله به بازگویی ماجرای یک ضیافت می پردازد. آگاتون میهمانی ای گرفته و نخبگان را دعوت کرده، از آن جمله است: سقراط استاد افلاطون. بحث به چیستی عشق می رسد و هر کس از میهمانان سخنر...
  • Shaghayegh.l3
    چند وقت پيش در جواب دوستم كه مى گفت دلم ميخواد عاشق بشم گفتم من اصلن نميدونم عشق چى هست ! نميدونستم كمتر از يه ماه بعد چشمم به يه همچين كتابى ميخوره و دو ساعته مى خونمش و حرفمو پس ميگيرم .. چه كتابى ، چه توصيفاتى .. حَض كامل و ديگر هيچ .
  • Trevor
    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?
  • Soheil
    بعد از خوندن كتاب بديو،به خاطر اشاره اى كه به اين كتاب در آن شده بود،درصدد خواندنش بر آمدم و البته چيزى نبود كه انتظارش را مى كشيدم.آگاتون شاعر جوان و برجسته،ميهمانى اى برپا كرده و جمعى از خردمندان و برجستگان را گردهم آورده است.آنها بعد از باده گسارى...
  • Ian
    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 (especially those of the female philosopher Diotima) and (2) indirectly reveal his views by his conduct and his response...
  • Fatemeh sherafati
    خیلی کتاب خوبی بود.. زیاد پیش اومده بود که بشنوم سقراط از شیوه ی پرسش و پاسخ استفااده می کنه برای بحث کردن.. تو این کتاب اولین بار این دیدم چطور و چقدر هوشمندانه این کار رو انجام میده..داستان کتاب در مورد ضیافتیه که برگزار شده و بحث عشق میان حضار پیش میا...
  • Elena
    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-Darwinian, post-Freudian era, but Plato genuinely held that the longing to know is the fundamental human drive, with sexuality (the moder...
  • Amir Latifi
    امتیاز واقعی: ۲/۵اگر میخواهید برای لذت بخوانید. نخواندید هم چیزی از دست ندادید.کتاب شیرینی است. ولی اگر دنبال نگاهی دقیق و فلسفی به عشق هستید، اشتباه آمدید. جمعی در ضیافتی نشستهاند و هرکس از عشق چیزی میگوید. سقراط هم یکی از آنهاست. حرفها قریب به اتفاق ...
  • Xanthi
    Κάθε επιθυμία των καλών πραγμάτων και της ευτυχίας είναι ο μεγαλύτερος και απατηλός έρωτας κάθε ανθρώπου.
  • Miltos Sideras
    Από τη μία, οφείλω να υποκλιθώ στο βάθος της σκέψης του Πλάτωνα και των υπόλοιπων αρχαίων φιλοσόφων, ειδικά λαμβάνοντας υπόψιν την εποχή κατά την οποία γράφτηκαν τα κείμενα αυτά.Από την άλλη, δεν μπορώ να μην σκεφτώ ότι τελικά, απλώς είχαν βρει ένα...
  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    Lectura #6 de la materia de Teoría del Conocimiento, "El Banquete".Citas y pequeños comentarios de uso personal:Sabios reunidos: Fedro, Agaton, Eriximaco, Pausanias, Aristodemo, Aristófanes*Tributo al amor."El Amor es un gran dios, muy digno de ser honrado por los dioses y por los hombres por mil razones, sobre todo, por su ancianidad; porque es el más anciano de los dioses."*Palabra clave: virtud."No conozco mayor ventaja para un joven, que ...
  • David Sarkies
    The life of the party26 August 2015 You've really got to love the way Plato writes philosophy. Whereas everybody else simply writes what is in effect a work of non-fiction explaining some ideas, Plato seems to have the habit of inserting them into a story. Okay, he may not be the only philosopher that uses a story to convey his philosophical ideas, but he certainly stands out from his contemporaries, who simply wrote treatises. I've read a few of...
  • 7jane
    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 former producing sometimes children, the latter creative works and learning - the latter is more immortal and superior in author's...
  • Steve
    HEADLINE: This is priceless!When I was a young man, I and my friends certainly had some strange conversations, possibly aided by some substances of questionable legality in certain countries, but we never quite managed to attain the heights of strangeness reached at this banquet/drinking party(*) held in 416 BCE when Socrates was approximately 53 years old, once again the principal figure in this "dialogue" written by Plato between 12 and 15 year...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Non-Linguistic Constructs: "The Symposium" by Plato, Christopher Gill (trans.)(Original Review, 2003-03-02)The problem for me is that philosophy is surely about ideas which are themselves constructed out of language. Dinosaurs, or evidence for them in the fossil record, are not linguistic constructs - but philosophical ideas would seem to be.
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  • Paradoxe
    Πρώτο γεννήθηκε το Χάος, ύστερα πλατύστηθη η Γη και ακολούθησε ο Ερωτας πρώτος κι αρχαιότερος των θεών ίσως και γι’ αυτό δεν υπάρχουν ούτε κι αναφέρονται οι γονείς του, εκτός κι αν είναι αυτοί ακριβώς: Το Χάος κι η θεμέλια Γη.Διά στόματος Παυσανία:...
  • Ehsan Movahed
    پس ای سقراط میبینی که عشق چنانچه تو پنداشتهای تنها عشق به زیبایی نیستگفتم: پس چیست؟گفت: باردار ساختن چیزی زیبا و آفرینش آنگفتم: چنین استگفت: مسلما چنین است پس ای سقراط می‌بینی که عشق چنانچه تو پنداشته‌ای تنها عشق به زیبایی نیستگفتم: پس چیست؟گفت: با...
  • Jonfaith
    And Agathon said, It is probable, Socrates, that I knew nothing of what I had said.And yet spoke you beautifully, Agathon, he said. Back in the late 1990s a cowpunk band named The Meat Purveyors had a song, Why Does There Have To Be A Morning After? It detailed stumbling around in the cruel light of day, sipping on backwash beer from the night before and attempting to reconstruct what at best remains a blur.The event depicted here is a hungover q...
  • Elham 8
    چهار پنج سالی از خوندن این کتاب میگذره. یادمه وقتی خوندمش اونقدر خوب بود که گفتم همۀ کتابهای دیگۀ افلاطون رو میخونم. و حتی چندتاییشون رو هم خریدم. ولی خب، وقت نشده هنوز اما سر تصمیمم هستم!این کتاب واقعاً اندیشه بخش و تأمل برانگیزه. دوست داشتم توی اون ...
  • Rezvan
    در این کتاب افلاطون معنا و مفهوم حقیقی عشق رو از زبان سقراط بیان میکنه. خیلی خیلی عالی بود.میشنوی که بعضی میگویند کسانی که در جستجوی نیمه دیگر خود هسستند عاشق میباشند، اما من میگویم عاشقان نه به دنبال نیمه دیگر خود هستند و نه به دنبال تمام خود! آنچه ک...
  • Azar
    ما وجود یک موجود زنده ای را از کودکی تا پیری همیشه به یک نام می خوانیم و آن ها را همانند یکدیگر می شماریم.در حالی که او هرگز همان نیست که پیش از آن بوده است. بلکه مدام در حال تغییر و دگرسانی است. یعنی مو گوشت و استخوان و خون و خلاصه همه ی اعضای بدنش دائما...
  • James
    The nature of eros is discussed in this famous dialogue by Plato. Symposium literally means "drinking party" in ancient Greek and this was one well-attended party with the likes of Alcibiades, Aristophanes, Agathon, Pausanias, Eryximachus and Socrates. A variety of views are put forward by the participants during the witty dialog that befits a drinking party. Some believe that eros is a somewhat shadowy thing, neither beautiful nor ugly, good nor...