Diotima of Mantinea

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    Beginning with Plato’s Symposium, many have written about their opinion on the nature of love. Plato’s work is often consulted to understand Ancient Greek society and explain love and sexual behavior. Throughout history, others choose to voice their opinion on the nature of love. There were multiple published works on the topic in the 1500s, but Tullia d’Aragona’s writings were some of the most progressive for the time. She speaks on issues women face, such as status and equality. Tullia d’Aragona’s Dialogue on the Infinity of Love provides a look into contemporary beliefs pertaining to love in 1500s Italy. When compared to The Symposium, it’s easy to see how beliefs thousands of years earlier continued to affect society. Throughout the Dialogue, the main speakers directly mention Plato’s Symposium. To fully comprehend the discussion, it’s necessary to have knowledge of The Symposium and the context in which it was written. It’s natural to begin by describing the views regarding women held by Ancient Greeks. To start, the female was viewed as inherently inferior in body and mind. A woman was best bearing children and keeping the house. Popular biology of the time scientifically supported this view of women. Aristotle’s Theory of Heat claimed that women and men were one in the same save for a defect that caused a woman to be created. This defect revolved around an insufficient amount of heat during procreation (Tullia). Women were thought to provide just the matter in…

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    my beauty, of which I was so proud”(219C). Coinciding with the denial to drink is an even more radical action of Socrates, to turn down what was accepted as beauty. There is only one possible explanation for why Socrates does not cave in to sexual immorality: You can’t imagine how little he cares whether a person is beautiful, or rich, or famous in any other way that most people admire”(217A) Plato’s Socrates thinks there is something more beautiful than sex. By refusing the sexual indulgence…

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    I will be addressing Diotima’s speech on the nature and rites of Love. Diotima finds that “mortal nature seeks so far as possible to live forever and be immortal”. The rites of Love have the ability to connect mortal and immortality, fulfilling our ultimate goal. “One goes always upwards for the sake of this Beauty, starting out from beautiful things and using them like rising stairs: from one body to two and from two to all beautiful bodies, then from beautiful bodies to beautiful customs, and…

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    In Plato’s Symposium, the characters give grand speeches about love, some giving accounts of love while others praise it. At this event, Socrates gives an account of love that once was told to him by the philosopher Diotima. She believed that the origin of love is the inherent human desire for immortality. However, Diotima’s account is inaccurate, and the true origin of love is the human desire for the company of other humans. According to Diotima’s account of love, the origin of love is a…

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    The Truth of Grecian Love According to its most simple definition, love is described as a strong attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion to someone or something. Since the ancient Grecian times, the meaning of love has testified to these words. Ancient text such as Plato’s Symposium explain these ideas about love and prove these to humans that have been questioning love since the beginning of time. Plato’s Symposium is a compilation of speeches made at a party at the Greek poet, Agathon’s house…

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    Love, starting with Phaedrus. Him and the next three speakers, Pausanias, Eryximachus, and Aristophanes talk more about the origin, purpose, and benefits of love for humanity. When it comes time for the next speaker, Agathon, to give his speech, he makes note of that and has his speech discuss the characteristics and virtues of the god of Love himself, but poorly reinforces the characteristics he attaches to Love. Socrates, Plato’s teacher, is the last to speak starting off by gently…

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    People can go their whole life without finding the right one. When telling the story, Aristophanes does not say how the halves are supposed to find each other. He just says that they have to find them in order to be whole again. I do not see this as fair because someone can find someone with all their similarities, but maybe one thing is off and now they are with someone they should not be with, and the other person now has no one to be with. In order for this myth to go full circle in my…

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    In Symposium by Plato there is discussion on what love is and for the assembled guests it has different meanings. Many types of love can be seen in Virgil’s Aeneid as well; there is love between people or of the devotion to gods and family (pietas). These types of loves can be described through Diotima’s speech. Diotima defines love as the desire to give birth to beautiful ideas that last forever; she argues that love is not fully knowledgeable or ignorant, and that the soul is more beautiful…

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    In Plato’s Symposium, Diotima, known to have bestowed her knowledge of love on Socrates, explains the levels of beauty one passes in order to achieve virtue. This transition as explained by her begins with what she refers to as pregnancy and birth (206C). Desire, love, and beauty are results of the immortal process of reproduction that is inherent in all humans. The desire for, and the love of beauty, launch the discovery of beauty itself as metaphorically referenced by Diotima’s ladder.…

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    already have. Instead, people want to preserve the qualities they have now so that they can have them in the future. Socrates also reminds Agathon of having claimed that there is love of beautiful things. Therefore, Love cannot be beautiful if it desires beauty. This suggests that Love must lack beauty, which completely contradicts Agathon’s speech about Eros. Agathon then concedes that he did not know what he was talking about. Socrates finished his criticism by stating that Love lacks…

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