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What follows is a series of questions and answers, typical of Plato's earlier dialogues, featuring Socrates' famous method of dialectics. First, he asks Agathon whether it is reasonable for someone to desire what they already have, like for example someone who is in perfect health to wish he were healthy a-e. Agathon agrees with Socrates that this would be irrational, but is quickly reminded of his own definition of Love's true desires: youth and beauty.
Putting the two together then, for Love to desire youth he must not have it himself, thus making him old, and for him to desire beauty, he himself must be ugly. Agathon has no choice but to agree. After this exchange, Socrates switches to storytelling, a departure from the earlier dialogues where he is mostly heard refuting his opponent's arguments through rational debating. Diotima first explains that Love is neither a god, as was previously claimed by the other guests, nor a mortal but a daemon , a spirit halfway between god and man, who was born during a banquet thrown by the gods to celebrate the birth of Aphrodite.
One of the guests was Plutus , the god of wealth, who was passed out from drinking too much nectar, and it so happened that another deity arrived, Poverty , who came to the banquet to beg, and upon seeing Plutus lying unconscious took the chance to sleep with him, conceiving a child in the process: Love. Having been born at Aphrodite's birthday party, he became her follower and servant, but through his real origins Love acquired a kind of double nature.
From his mother, Love became poor, ugly, and with no place to sleep c-d , while from his father he inherited the knowledge of beauty, as well as the cunningness to pursue it.
Being of an intermediary nature, Love is also halfway between wisdom and ignorance, knowing just enough to understand his ignorance and try to overcome it. Beauty then is the perennial philosopher, the "lover of wisdom" the Greek word " philia " being one of the four words for love. After describing Love's origins, that provide clues to its nature, Diotima asks Socrates why is it, as he had previously agreed, that love is always that "of beautiful things" b.
For if love affects everyone indiscriminately, then why is it that only some appear to pursue beauty throughout their lives? Socrates does not have the answer and so Diotima reveals it: Beauty is not the end but the means to something greater, the achievement of a certain reproduction and birth c , the only claim that mortals can have on immortality. This is true for men as well as animals that seek an appropriate place to give birth, preferring to roam in pain until they find it.
Some men are pregnant in body alone and, just like animals, enjoy the company of women with whom they can have children that will pass on their existence. Others are pregnant in both body and mind, and instead of children they carry wisdom, virtue, and above all, the art of civic order a. Beauty is also their guide, but it will be towards the knowledge needed to accomplish their spiritual births. In conclusion, Diotima gives Socrates a guide on how a man of this class should be brought up from a young age. First, he should start by loving a particular body he finds beautiful, but as time goes by, he will relax his passion and pass to the love of all bodies.
From this point, he will pass to the love of beautiful minds, and then to that of knowledge.
Finally, he will reach the ultimate goal, which is to witness beauty in itself rather than representations a-b , the true Form of Beauty in Platonic terms. This speech, in the interpretation of Marsilio Ficino in De Amore , is the origin of the concept of Platonic love. Entering upon the scene late and inebriated, he pays tribute to Socrates. Like Agathon and Aristophanes, Alcibiades is a historical person from ancient Athens. A year after the events of the Symposium , his political enemies would drive him to flee Athens under fear of being sentenced to death for sacrilege and turn traitor to the Spartans.
Finding himself seated on a couch with Socrates and Agathon, Alcibiades exclaims that Socrates, again, has managed to sit next to the most handsome man in the room, Agathon and that he is always doing such things c. Socrates asks Agathon to protect him from the jealous rage of Alcibiades, asking Alcibiades to forgive him d.
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Alcibiades says he will never do such a thing e. Wondering why everyone seems sober, Alcibiades is informed of the night's agreement e, c ; after saying his drunken ramblings should not be placed next to the sober orations of the rest, and that he hopes no one believed a word Socrates said, Alcibiades proposes to offer an encomium to Socrates c-e. Alcibiades begins by comparing Socrates to a statue of Silenus ; the statue is ugly and hollow, and inside it is full of tiny golden statues of the gods a-b.
Alcibiades states that when he hears Socrates speak, he feels overwhelmed. The words of Socrates are the only ones to have ever upset him so deeply that his soul started to realize that his aristocratic life was no better than a slave's e. Socrates is the only man who has ever made Alcibiades feel shame b.
Yet all this is the least of it c - Socrates is mad about beautiful boys, following them around in a daze d. Most people, he continues, don't know what Socrates is like on the inside:. I just had to do whatever he told me. Alcibiades thought at the time that Socrates really only wanted him sexually, and by letting Socrates have his way with him he would entice Socrates to teach him everything he knew a. Yet Socrates made no move, and Alcibiades began to pursue Socrates "as if I were the lover and he my young prey!
When Socrates continually rebuffed him, Alcibiades began to view Socrates as the only true and worthy lover he had ever had. So he told Socrates that it seemed to him now that nothing could be more important than becoming the best man he could be, and Socrates was best fit to help him reach that aim c-d. Socrates responded that if he did have this power, why would he exchange his true inner beauty for the image of beauty that Alcibiades would provide. Furthermore, Alcibiades might be wrong and Socrates may be of no use to him ea.
Alcibiades spent the night sleeping beside Socrates yet, to the deep humiliation of Alcibiades, Socrates made no sexual attempt b-d. In his speech, Alcibiades goes on to describe Socrates' virtues, his incomparable valor in battle, his immunity to cold or fear. On one occasion he even saved Alcibiades' life and then refused to accept honors for it ec.
Socrates, he concludes, is unique in his ideas and accomplishments, unrivaled by any man from the past or present c. But be warned: Socrates may present himself as your lover, but before you know it you will have fallen in love with him.
The speeches revolve around same-sex love, specifically pederastic relationships between adult and adolescent males. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Plato from Raphael 's The School of Athens — On Plato's Symposium. University of Chicago Press Cobb, William S. SUNY Press, Food and Society in Classical Antiquity. Plato's Symposium. Bloom, Allan. Translation and introduction by Walter Hamilton.
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