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Plato on love and sex
on 4 May 2010
If the thought of reading a fourth century BCE Greek philosopher fills you with dread, then this is an ideal antidote. Written in PLato's characteristic dialogue form, this depicts a typical Greek symposium, all male of course, and replicates the after-dinner chat about love, sex, lust and everything in between.
Accessible and very funny in parts (Aristophanes' speeches, for example, or Alcibiades' drunken entrance) this also has a more serious subtext. This is more or less the handbook for the Renaissance neoplatonism in which the pursuit of beauty is the soul's search for ultimate goodness.
But even if you're not interested in the philosophy, this is amazingly accessible and redolent of C4th Athenian culture.