Symposium
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    [synopsis] => The Symposium 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. The speeches are to be, given in praise of Eros, who is the god of love and desire, and the son of Aphrodite.
Of all the works of Plato the Symposium is the most perfect in form, and may be truly thought to contain more than any commentator has ever dreamed of; or, as Goethe said of one of his own writings, more than the author himself knew. For in philosophy as in prophecy glimpses of the future may often be, conveyed in words, which could hardly have been, understood or interpreted at the time, when they were uttered (compare Symp.), which were wiser than the writer of them meant, and could not have been, expressed by him if he had been, interrogated about them. Yet, Plato was not a mystic, nor in any degree affected by the Eastern influences which afterwards overspread the Alexandrian world. He was not an enthusiast or a sentimentalist, but one, who aspired only to see reasoned truth, and whose thoughts are clearly, explained in his language.

Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Book translated by Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)
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