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    Agathon's Symposium

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    The meaning of Eros and its functions is intricate and unique, such as how it serves. In The Symposium, by Plato, patrons evaluate Eros functions and purpose by giving their own interpretation on love. Each speech is unique and critiques previous speeches to show purpose for their own individual interpretation. Agathon concentrated on details, such as “love’s virtues”(196c) and described how others had “[failed to speak about] the nature of the god himself”(195a). However, Diotima (unveiled by Socrates) demonstrated how while Agathon's speech was “beautiful”(198b), but lacked real philosophical content. Agathon argued Eros is the happiest god because “he is the most beautiful and [the] best”(195b). Agathon described Eros’ different “moral character”(Arete). He began his speech by addressing “love’s [four] virtues”(196c); Justice,moderation,bravery,and wisdom. Agathon described moderation as having power over impulses,such as pleasures or passions.…

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    are many situations where love reigns. In Plato’s The Symposium a woman named Diotima, who is a philosopher educates Socrates about the ways of love and she answers this question in a way that challenged the perception of love that was conceived all throughout history. Love is not an object but a lover in search for beauty. In her speech she uses ideas and metaphors that forces Socrates to asks many questions and think unconventionally. In Diotima’s speech she addresses how the soul’s ascent to…

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    Thesis statement Through the speeches by men, love is examined by men attending a symposium or a drinking party. The symposium has its main concerns with the beginning, the purpose and nature of affection and care. Therefore, love is the central theme in Plato’s dialogues in Symposium. Introduction The Symposium is a philosophical text written by Plato in approximately 386-370BC. It is a lively and entertaining book characterized by witty characterization which not only shares the concept of…

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    Response: After reading everyone's speeches displayed throughout the Symposium, I felt as if their styles were very unique to themselves and they openly displayed their opinions without hesitation. Although they are all discussing the unanimous topic of Eros, they discuss the matter with such different tones that display Eros in multiple personas. I found this striking because every single speaker viewed Eros in their own way, often shifting the mood of the dinner back and forth. Starting off…

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    There is a structure in love where everything and everyone has a similarity, a cookie-ness. This cookie-ness could be as simple as everyone being male, female, loving men or women, and so on. In Plato’s Symposium, we learn about the uniqueness of love, the beauty inside and out, and the relationships between younger men and older men. Most importantly, we learn that Socrates is different. He doesn’t play by the rules of the ‘beauty ladder’. This essay will look at the lack of cookie-ness of…

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    Plato's Symposium Analysis

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    Plato’s Symposium was written in the fourth century B.C.E. in Ancient Greece. Written in Greek, the Symposium reports a series of eulogies to love given by men to entertain themselves and others at the court of playwright Agathon, celebrating his recent victory. While each of the eulogies is about love, Plato uses this dialog to express political ideas. He describes the reasons why change hasn’t already occurred. These barriers include tendencies away from change, lack of awareness for the need…

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    The Symposium is an ancient philosophical book written by the famed Greek philosopher, Plato. Plato was born and lived in Athens and was a student of Socrates, another famous Greek philosopher who is present as a character in the Symposium. The date for when Plato wrote the Symposium is not exactly known, but it is believed by scholars to have been written likely no earlier than 385 BC. The setting of the story itself, however, takes place several decades earlier, c. 416 BC. The story takes…

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    Earl of Somerset and the Duke of Buckingham, the latter eliciting a slew of rumors and semi-fictitious stories. While some chose to ignore these rumors, others scoffed at James and used his possible homophobic desires as a reason to tarnish his legacy. King James’ 16th and 17th century England contrasts starkly with Ancient Greeks and the sexual culture described in Plato’s The Symposium. While homosexuality was a grievous offense in the Stuart period, it was to some the highest form of love in…

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    Symposium by its very definition is a drinking party held after a banquet in ancient Greece. “The Symposium” by Plato is set place after a heavy day of drinking, where all the men are still recovering from their hangovers. They all decide to go easy for the night and just tell stories. Aristophanes and Socrates both tell stories about love, but both have very different meanings. Aristophanes, who is a comic playwright tells a story in which he talks about the myth of soulmates and love, and his…

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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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