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'In his lucid introduction Waterfield highlights the artistry and subtleties which might elude non-classicists. He emphasises that Plato's Symposium is fun.' Sophia Sackville-West, London Evening Standard

About the Author

Robin Waterfield is a well-known writer, translator, and editor, much praised for his translations of Plato which include Philebus (1982), Theaetus (1987), Early Socratic Dialogues (1987), and the Republic (1993). He currently works as a consultant editor for Collins-Harvill.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540198
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Giurlanda on April 13, 2014
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The Symposium is what it is: a classic of western culture. So, when one offers a review, it's not about the text itself (I think) but for the translation, presentation and notes. So: Wakefield's translation is the smoothest I've read of this great text. His modern English makes the homoerotic context of the dialogue clear, for one thing. I've taught this text to sleepy undergrads who were clueless about the terms "lover" and "beloved" in the speeches, assuming they were about a boy and a girl. But the notes are where Wakefield really shines. Wakefield gives not only a readable account of each of the speeches, a special discussion of love in Greek thought, and a literary analysis, but also a useful set of notes at the end. Over all, this is so much better than the tired British translations we used to read in college back in the old days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on September 3, 2014
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A fascinating insight on several ancient views of love, including Aristotle's in-depth analysis of what love's properties are and what it is about. The preface contains very useful contextual information while relating it to different parts of Symposium. Plato's Symposium itself reads as a story, making it a read easier than it might be otherwise. All in all, the information is well thought out and dictated to the reader in a very efficient way. As someone who enjoys casual philosophy, I recommend it to anyone else who does.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2014
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It is useful to have this in my library at a reasonable price. It revives Humanities reading as a freshman many years ago.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Foley on December 13, 2014
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One of the best translations of this work. Highly recommended.
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