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Symposium and Phaedrus (Everyman's Library)
by Plato
Binding: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Weight: 0.75 pound
Dimension: H: 0.8 x L: 8.1 x W: 4.8 inches
ISBN 10: 0375411747
ISBN 13: 9780375411748
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It has been said that, after the Bible, Plato's dialogues are the most influential books in Western culture. And of the dialogues, the Symposium is the most delightful and accessible, requiring no special knowledge of ancient Greek philosophy or customs. Dramatizing a party in fifth century B.C. Athens, the deceptively unassuming Symposium introduces in the guise of convivial after dinner conversation profound ideas about the nature of love. In Phaedrus, here published together with the Symposium, Plato discusses the place of eloquence in expounding truth. In both dialogues, Socrates plays the leading role, by turns teasing, arguing, analyzing, joking, inspiring, and cajoling his followers into understanding ideas that have remained central to Western thought through the centuries.


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