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Plato: Symposium


The Symposium is one of Plato's finest literary achievements, an extended meditation on the nature of love set at a dinner party featuring prominent real-life Athenians such as the great comic dramatist Aristophanes, and the controversial political prodigy, Alcibiades.

Free Online Texts

Bacchicstage: Plato's Symposium. Translated by George Theodoridis (2015). English online text.

Gutenberg: Symposium by Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett, multiple formats.

Internet Classics Archive; Symposium, translated by Benjamin Jowett, online text.

Perseus: Greek text (Burnet ed., 1903). English translation (Fowler, 1925).

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The Symposium, translated by Benjamin Jowett. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.

Wikisource: Symposium, translated by Benjamin Jowett (1871), online text.

Audiovisual resources

BBC In Our Time: Plato's Symposium - radio discussion with Melvyn Bragg.

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Wings of Desire: Plato's Erotic Dialogues - podcast by philosopher Peter Adamson.

History of Philosophy without any gaps: Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love - podcast by philosopher Peter Adamson.

Librivox: The Symposium - audiobook.

Open Culture: The Drinking Party, 1965 Film Adapts Plato’s Symposium to Modern Times - video (embedded above).

Philosophy Bites: Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love.

YouTube: Diotima's Ladder - From Lust to Morality - Illustrated talk from BBC Radio 4's A History of Ideas narrated by Harry Shearer and scripted by Nigel Warburton.

YouTube: What is Love - The Myth of the Missing Half - Illustrated talk from BBC Radio 4's A History of Ideas narrated by Aidan Turner and scripted by Nigel Warburton.

Other Resources

Approaching Plato: A Guide to the Early and Middle Dialogues.

PhilPapers: Plato - Symposium - bibliography with open source option.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Plato on Friendship and Eros, by C.D.C. Reeve.

Wikipedia: Symposium (Plato).

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Plato: Lysis.

Plato: Phaedrus.

Xenophon: Symposium.

Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: Plato's Dialogues are listed.



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