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Title: Plato's Symposium
Author: Hunter, Richard
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780195160802
Volumes: 1; Pages: 168
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Plato's Symposium tells of a dinner party at a crucial point in Athenian history at which the guests decide that they will each in turn deliver a speech in praise of love. The humorous and brilliant work that follows points the way towards all Western thinking about love. The Symposium is also one of Plato's most sophisticated meditations on the practice of philosophy. This book introduces the literary and historical context of Plato's work, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has cast this work in a highly unusual narrative form. A final chapter traces the influence of the Symposium from antiquity to the modern day. No knowledge of Greek or Greek philosophy is required.