Plato. 'Symposium', or, 'Drinking Party'. Translated with Introduction, Glossary, Essay, and Appendices

TitlePlato. 'Symposium', or, 'Drinking Party'. Translated with Introduction, Glossary, Essay, and Appendices
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSalem, E, Brann, E, Kalkavage, P
TranslatorSalem, E, Brann, E, Kalkavage, P
Ancient AuthorsPlato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Series TitleFocus philosophical library
Number of Pagesxv + 122 pp.
PublisherHackett Publishing Company

This new edition of Plato's Symposium provides beginning readers and scholars alike with a solid, reliable translation that is both faithful to the original text and accessible to contemporary readers. In addition, the volume offers a number of aids to help the reader make his or her way through this remarkable work:

A concise introduction sets the scene, conveys the tenor of the dialogue, and introduces the reader to the main characters with a gloss on their backgrounds and a comment on their roles in the dialogue. It also provides a list of basic points for readers to keep in mind as they read the work.

A thought-provoking interpretive essay offers reflections on the themes of the dialogue, focusing especially on the dialogue as drama.

A select bibliography points to works, both classic and contemporary, that are especially relevant to readers of the Symposium.

Two appendices consist of a line drawing that depicts the spacial layout and positioning of characters in the Symposium, and a chart that shows the relation of the first six speeches to number, age, parentage and the function of Eros. []


BMCR 2017.12.41 Chara Kokkiou

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