"I prefer the translation of West and West to the older translation of Grube (revised by Cooper). West and West emphasize the literal meaning of the Greek text for which they sometimes sacrifice English style."
"As above, Grube (and Cooper) convey the style of the Greek in a more "readable" translation than West and West. This edition also includes a translation of the Phaedo, which we will read later in the semester."
"As above, the Grube (and Cooper) translation includes the Phaedo, but I will be distributing handouts from the Brann, Kalkavage, and Salem edition. It was positively reviewed by the Bryn Mawr Classical Review and contains a helpful introduction, glossary, and notes."
"I believe that Shelley, a master of the English language and insightful reader of Plato, is better able to capture the immediacy and meaning of Plato's text than most (if not all) modern Classical scholars. His poetic sense will serve our study of Plato's dialogue on Love well."
"I also include a translation of the Symposium by modern Classical scholar, Seth G. Benardete (1930-2001). I have benefited immensely from Benardete's careful renderings of Ancient Greek poetry and philosophy, and the interpretive essays in this volume are certainly worth the price of the book. This text is NOT required."