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Plato's Symposium (Oxford Approaches Classical Literature) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Hunter
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[Hunter's] fine study does full justice to the complexity of this ever fascinating work and will encourage further thought amongst readers. (Penelope Murray, Journal of Hellenic studies 126,Reviews of Books 211)

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Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces individual works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who are approaching them for the first time. Each volume sets the work in its literary and historical context, and aims to offer a balanced and engaging assessment of its content, artistry, and purpose. A brief survey of the influence of the work upon subsequent generations is included to demonstrate its enduring relevance and power. All quotations from the original are translated into English.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (17 Jun 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BKJO6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction 13 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
The author states that his highest ambition is for this book to act as incentive to a whole new readership of Plato's masterpiece. It is a realistic ambition. Few people in the field of Classical Studies can match Hunter's uncanny ability for shorthand conciseness, lucid presentation and pointed, acute thought. These are qualities put widely on display in this new and exciting book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars confused work 26 Aug 2010
By sanyata
Format:Paperback
the author states that this is an introduction to symposium, but it reads more like a set of general research notes, slapped together in a single volume. also, i dont see anything new here
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