In his celebrated masterpiece, Symposium, Plato imagines a
high-society dinner-party in Athens in 416 BC at which the guests -
including the comic poet Aristophanes and, of course, Plato's
mentor Socrates - each deliver a short speech in praise of love.
The sequence of dazzling speeches culminates in Socrates' famous
account of the views of Diotima, a prophetess who taught him that
love is our means of trying to attain goodness. And then into the
party bursts the drunken Alcibiades, the most popular and notorious
Athenian of the time, who insists on praising Socrates himself
rather than love, and gives us a brilliant sketch of this enigmatic
character. The power, humour, and pathos of Plato's creation
engages the reader on every page. This new translation is
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