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Plato: On Love [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Plato , Robin Field

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Jan 2011
This collection provides the essential readings for a course on Plato's views of sex and love, or a main component of more general courses on ideas of sex and love. Featured are the pre-eminent translations of Paul Woodruff, Alexander Nehamas, D S Hutchinson, Stanley Lombardo, and C D C Reeve. Reeve's general Introduction provides a wealth of historical information about Plato and Socrates, and the sexual norms of classical Athens. His introductory essay looks closely at the dialogues themselves and includes sections on the following topics: Socrates and the Art of Love; Socrates and Athenian Paiderastia; Loving Socrates; Love and the Assent to the Beautiful; The Art and Psychology of Love Explained; and Writing about Love. A selected bibliography is also included.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Mission Audio; Unabridged edition (Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596448806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596448803
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,470,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Easy Read 18 Oct 2008
By student - Published on
These approachable translations make Plato so much easier to understand and follow, and when Socrates takes his interlocutor for a logical roller-coaster, following is essential. The translations might seem elementary compared to other floral translations of Plato, but in my experience, Greek is a rather simple language, and following the word meaning and grammar literally often produces translations such as these in this book. The "fancier" translations are unnecessarily confusing, whereas these translations work just fine. The translator even goes so far as to include footnotes regarding a Greek word that might have different meanings in English, perhaps no meaning in English, and words which might have been added later by scribes who copied Plato's texts. Overall, it is a worthy buy and will allow you to read Plato, nothing more, nothing less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate Plato!!! 29 Mar 2007
By Little Stevie - Published on
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Despite my strong dislike for Plato, this translation made his writings easier to read and understand. It is very clear and modern in its language. Indeed, in no other version has any humor come through; and two professors of classical studies have commented on the accuracy of the translation. Perhaps other versions have tried for a more 'high-class' respectable sounding language; regardless, the feel of this makes it seem much more real and accessible. The footnotes are especially helpful giving complete descriptions and explanations of the people, situations, terminology, context, and helping tie together the different sections. Most of Plato's philosophy initially sounds ridiculous and fetishistic, or even to be the inane ramblings of an egocentric, self-important person who over estimates his own intelligence - and may very well be - but in this version the underlying ideas are made obvious and it becomes therefor easy to trace how these writings influenced our cultural philosophy and ideas about sex, the purpose of love, and the nature of human striving for perfection.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Betjemanian - Published on
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Actor Robin Field reads the "Symposium" of Ancient Greek philosopher 'Plato (c. 427-c. 347 B.C.) from The Dialogues of Plato, as translated 'by Benjamin Jowett. Plato was an Athenian, born of a distinguished 'family. At the age of twenty he became a disciple of Socrates, after 'whose death he established his own school of philosophy called the 'Academy, numbering among his pupils his great rival Aristotle. All of 'Plato's works take the form of dialogues, in which the chief speaker is 'Socrates. In the "Symposium" Plato presents his idealistic, visionary 'and impractical view that, to be noble, romantic love must not be of 'the body but of the mind, not physical but spiritual -- thus 'establishing one of the most influential dichotomies (and false 'alternatives) in the history of Western thinking. Using the setting of 'an after-dinner conversation between philosopher Socrates, poet 'Agathon, physician Eryximachus, comic playwright Aristophanes, 'politician-general Alcibiades and others, Plato explores several 'theories of love -- factual, farcical, medical, mythological -- 'including justifications for the acceptability in Ancient Greece of 'homosexuality. The work culminates in a tribute to the character of 'Socrates himself by intoxicated late-comer Alcibiades. Although 'plotless, the dialogue is so rich in characterization, imagery, comedy 'and drama, that it has many qualities of a good play. The reading is 'nearly three hours long on three Audio CDs
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5.0 out of 5 stars passed the class 13 Sep 2013
By Mzraim - Published on
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it did its job. I did my homework while learning a couple things along the way. great book no damages and easy to read
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