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Lysis/Symposium/Gorgias (Loeb Classical Library 166)

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Athenian philosopher Plato was born in 427 BCE. An admirer of Socrates in early manhood, he later founded the school of philosophy in the grove Academus. Much recorded of his life is uncertain; that he left Athens for a time after Socrates' execution is probable; that later he went to Cyrene, Egypt & Sicily is possible; that he was wealthy is likely; that he was critic ...more
Hardcover, bilingual Greek/English, 560 pages
Published 1975 by Harvard University Press (Cambridge)/Wm Heinemann Ltd. (London) (first published January 1st 1925)
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It’s probably significant that Classical Greek has no exact equivalent for our word ‘love’. English gets by with a single, overworked monosyllable, but the Greeks subcontracted out the various nuances to three or four different words. So there’s agapē, for one, which connotes a higher, more ethereal sort of affection; not surprisingly, it turns up a lot in the New Testament. Another is philia, which is what you feel for a friend, say, or a favourite TV show. And finally there’s the notorious ero ...more
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I can hardly suppose that you will affirm a man to be a good poet who injures himself by his poetry.
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The symposium is Greek for "kegger", and Gorgias is my favorite Plato. Callicles is arguably his best character. You'll find Plato hilarious if you catch his subtle jokes. The Greek text is included in this edition, should you aspire to become a scholar.
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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

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