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Symposium by Plato

Book cover for Symposium
Book cover for Symposium
Plato imagines a high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC. The guests - including the comic poet Aristophanes and Plato's mentor Socrates - each deliver a short speech in praise of love. The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that love is our means of trying to attain goodness, and a brilliant sketch of Socrates himself by a drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious Athenian of the time.