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Plato's Symposium

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The dramatic nature of Plato’s dialogues is delightfully evident in the Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon’s house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they each present their ideas about love—from Erixymachus’s scientific naturalism to Aristophanes’ comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima’s ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself. Ecstasy and intoxication clash as Plato concludes with one of his most skillful displays of dialectic.

The dramatic nature of Plato’s dialogues is delightfully evident in the Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon’s house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they each present their ideas about love—from Erixymachus’s scientific naturalism to Aristophanes’ comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima’s ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself. Ecstasy and intoxication clash as Plato concludes with one of his most skillful displays of dialectic.
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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

The dramatic nature of Plato’s dialogues is delightfully evident in the Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon’s house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they each present their ideas about love—from Erixymachus’s scientific naturalism to Aristophanes’ comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima’s ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself. Ecstasy and intoxication clash as Plato concludes with one of his most skillful displays of dialectic.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Albert A. Anderson

Length:

2h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:42