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The Symposium ; and, the Phaedrus : Plato's erotic dialogues

Author: Plato.; William S Cobb
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1993.
Series: SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Symposium and the Phaedrus are combined here because of their shared theme: a reflection on the nature of erotic love, the love that begins with sexual desire but can transcend that origin and reach even the heights of religious ecstasy. This reflection is carried out explicitly in the speeches and conversations in the dialogues, and implicitly in the dramatic depiction of actions and characters. Thus, the two  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Socrates.; Socrates.; Plato.; Plato.; Socrates.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Plato.; William S Cobb
ISBN: 0791416178 9780791416174 0791416186 9780791416181
OCLC Number: 26722777
Description: vii, 214 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. General introduction --
2. The symposium --
3. Commentary on the symposium --
4. The Phaedrus --
5. Commentary on the Phaedrus --
appendix. References to love (Erōs) in other dialogues.
Series Title: SUNY series in ancient Greek philosophy.
Other Titles: Paedrus.
Symposium.
Phaedrus.
Symposium.
Responsibility: translated with introduction and commentaries by William S. Cobb.

Abstract:

The Symposium and the Phaedrus are combined here because of their shared theme: a reflection on the nature of erotic love, the love that begins with sexual desire but can transcend that origin and reach even the heights of religious ecstasy. This reflection is carried out explicitly in the speeches and conversations in the dialogues, and implicitly in the dramatic depiction of actions and characters. Thus, the two dialogues deal with a theme of enduring interest and are interesting for both their literary and their philosophical character. In addition to the introduction, the book contains substantial commentaries and thorough endnotes. Key Greek terms are discussed for readers who are unfamiliar with the language. A special feature is a discussion on the importance of the dramatic and literary aspects of the dialogues for interpreting their philosophical content. -- Back cover.
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