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The Symposium

The Symposium( )
Author: Plato,
Introduction by: Gill, Christopher
Notes by: Gill, Christopher
Translator: Gill, Christopher
ISBN:978-0-14-044927-3
Publication Date:Apr 2003
Publisher:Penguin Books, Limited
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $19.99
Book Description:

In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas...
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Book Details
Pages:144
Detailed Subjects: Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.8 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
Book Weight:0.114 Kilograms
Author Biography
Plató (Author)
Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle.

Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic.

Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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