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Extended Audio Sample Symposium (Unabridged), by Plato
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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. They decide to forego heavy drinking, and concentrate on conversation. The subject of their conversation is Eros, the god of sexual love.

Symposium was written around 384 BC, and many would regard it as Plato's finest dialogue, from an artistic point of view, and the most enjoyable to read or listen to. There are many reasons for this, including the keyhole glimpse it gives us of Athenian society; the role played in the dialogue by Socrates; the description of what has come to be known as Platonic love; and the characterization of the speakers.

The Cast:

David Shaw-Parker as Socrates
Tim Bentinck as Apollodorus/Alcibiades
Andrew Branch as Aristodemus
Daniel Flynn as Agathon
Gordon Griffin as Pausanias/Friend
Hayward Morse as Phaedrus
Christopher Scott as Eryximachus/Servant
Susan Sheridan as Diotima
David Timson as Aristophanes
Daniel Flynn as Presenter

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colin | 2/20/2014

    " Penguin's "Great Ideas" series is itself a great idea. Some of the best of what has been thought and said presented in compact, portable, readable translations. Plato's Symposium presents the concept of "Platonic love," and this volume also includes the "Allegory of the Cave" extracted from Plato's Republic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey | 2/19/2014

    " Had to read it for college, fell asleep often, but the discussions after were bombastic and pretentious (in the way only a group of eighteen-year-olds can be) and totally fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Eyring | 2/13/2014

    " How do you know if you're in love if you can't define it? Read on. "

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    " i love the idea of forms, must re-read to remember why i was so moved by this "

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