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Symposium (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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Overall this is an excellent work. The translation is faithful to the Greek yet refreshingly modern and the text is supported by a valuable introduction and commentary. With plenty of suggestions for further reading, the book will be of great benefit both to students of the Greek text and general readers seeking an introduction to Plato. Readers will enjoy debating who gives the best speech. My own vote goes to Aristophanes!
The Symposium is not representative of the format of Plato's dialogues, and thus this shouldn't be the first dialogue you read, especially because this dialogue describes Socrates' life in Alcibiades' speech, and if you don't already know Socrates from other dialogues you won't care as much as you should about his character. (On the other hand, there is no reason to wait to read this fun dialogue until after the Republic or even heavier works like the Parmenides, Timaeus, Laws.)
“As we all know, love and Aphrodite are inseparable. The duality of Aphrodite is undeniable: One Aphrodite, the one we call celestial is older. The other, the younger one is called common.”-Excerpt from Symposium
In other words, the bond between companion soul mates is an infinite connection as opposed to the self-interests between personalities. The one called common has to do with our personality and survival needs. The one called celestial has to do with the spiritual soul.
The common relationship will just satisfy our survival needs, karmic obstacles will infuse chaos and the soul is unconscious to the parties involved. Celestial Aphrodite pushes you to journey deep within. She will coax you, to discover your own soul and prove to yourself that you are worthy of an exalted bond. Plato should be an important teacher for anyone interested in a Soul Mate connection!
Serena Jade, writer at Serena Jade Publishing: “Where Psychology, Spirituality and Physics Merge."
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One of the best translations of this work. Highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by M. A. Foley
It is useful to have this in my library at a reasonable price. It revives Humanities reading as a freshman many years ago.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic Novel. My professor pointed out Plato's skill of creating different voices for each character...something not many authors can do. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Jake Malott
This is actually a primary's source, not textbook. It got to me fast, and in good shape. Now time to go read some platonic dialoguePublished on September 1, 2013 by John Schwindt