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Bernard

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  • Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    Brian Quaranta says: "Cast brings this great dialogue to life"
    "A perfect introduction to Plato"
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    This audio book was perfect. When it is Socrates' turn to speak, he makes reference to a conversation he had with a woman. The audio production actually brings in a female narrator (who is just as effective as the main narrator) to take over this section. So you really get a "feel" for the ideas being conveyed as the Greeks at the time would have been considering them. Ad a side note, it is amazing how open this culture was to homosexuality. Judging from this classic of western philosophy it was the norm in 5th/6th century Athens.

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