Plato's Symposium

Plato and Socrates

The Platonic Dialogue

The Socratic Method (dialectic)




symposium: drinking party and conversation


    Platonic love: purely spiritual, non-amorous relationship

    philia: strong fraternal or familial bond (Phil-adelphia)

    eros: instinctive bodily desire of any sort

            the "unquenchable want" or desire

            from sexual appetite to hunger/thirst

            to thirst for knowledge

    homosexuality in ancient Greece

The Symposium

    as a drama in several acts

    as rhetoric (encomia on love)

    as dialectic

The Narrative Structure

The Setting

The Participants

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