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Plato's "Symposium"


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1. Context; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; i. In Praise of Love; ii. Diotima Explains; iii. The Alcibiades, A Satyr Play; 4. Reception and Influence; 5. Further Reading; Notes; Index.

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Thomas L. Cooksey is Professor of English and Philosophy at Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA. His previous publications include Masterpieces of Philosophical Literature (Greenwood Press, 2006) and Masterpieces of Non-Western World Literature (Greenwood Press, 2007).


'The Symposium is at once an attractive work for general readers and a demanding one for students. Both need the guidance which Thomas Cooksey here aims to provide, on the whole successfully.'
Thomas Cooksey's commentary on Plato's Symposium fills an important and hitherto neglected niche in recent scholarship on this dialogue... [His] analysis of the Symposium offers clear and engaging reviews of the text without downplaying its complexity, and it does much to open up discussion of the text, and impel readers to engage with the dialogue for themselves. It is certainly the best available introduction to the Symposium for beginners in Plato.

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