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5.0 out of 5 starsalmost like being at the party!
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2012
Having read the "Symposium" in print previously, it was a delight to HEAR it presented as an Audio CD, where one could just sit back and listen to the conversation! The variety of voices keep things moving, and the conversations are lively. It is the same as lifting Shakespeare off the printed page and into the theatre. It is more than ink on paper, suddenly it is PEOPLE! People with passion and persuasive skills! Watch out you may get converted, and never be the same again.
This is a multi-actor presentation of the Tom Griffith translation. The actors' British accents give it that panache that says 'culture.' Griffith's translation is well chosen--it is swift an unlabored, perfect for a dramatic presentation. The Symposium, as Plato intended it, succeeds both as a work of philosophy, and as a work of serio-comic theater. Look for the
On Plato's Symposium
translation for a more literal version, available in a
Dialogues of Plato
It's not even clear where the author's introduction ends and Plato's Symposium begins. I bought this for two friends so that they could see and understand why Symposium remains one of the greatest works of philosophy, but I fear this edition might actually put them off.