- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Geoffrey Steadman (November 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098430651X
- ISBN-13: 978-0984306510
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plato's Symposium: Greek Text with Facing Vocabulary and Commentary
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About the Author
Geoffrey Steadman (Ph.D., Classics) currently teaches Latin and Greek in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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The Symposium is a retelling by Apollodorus of a dinner engagement devoted to a discussion of various aspects of eros. Steadman asks the question: Why did Plato choose the particular people for such a discussion? Apparantly, the down low of the lowdown going down involved a desecration of Hermes statues--gential mutilation of the statues-- and the conduct of Eleusian mysteries outside of the proper place--something of a sacriflige. This all preceded the failed Athenian sicilian expedition which ended as disaster in 415-414 bce. Anyhow, the book is a helpful addition to the student's library. The student who has taken four semesters of Greek might want to try a hand at translating. Taking two days to type out the Greek, and translate, the student can finish in a relatively short 3 or 4 months; such an exercise will increase the studen't vocabulary and grasp of Greek Grammar. I hightly recommend this text for the student.
One small con is that while the Greek text appears to by typo-free, this isn't true of the commentary. I caught a few major mistakes; nothing that would have seriously hindered the students, but which should be fixed if there's another printing or on the author's website.