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In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society, and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcen ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 131 pages
Published February 27th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published -385)
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Catherine Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage and Eric Salem's new translation of the Symposium is the best I have ever read. It has the informality of a drinking party…moreEva Brann, Peter Kalkavage and Eric Salem's new translation of the Symposium is the best I have ever read. It has the informality of a drinking party while still conveying the nuances of the Greek.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Συμπόσιον = Symposium, Plato
The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical text by Plato dated c. 385–370 BC. It depicts a friendly contest of extemporaneous speeches given by a group of notable men attending a banquet. The men include the philosopher Socrates, the general and political figure Alcibiades, and the comic playwright Aristophanes.
عنوانها: ضیافت؛ سخن در خصوص عشق؛ اثر: افلاطون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 1984 میلادی
عنوان: ضیافت، یا، سخن در خصوص عشق؛ اثر: افلاطون
Richard Derus
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2* of five, all for Aristophanes's way trippy remix of the Book of Genesis

While perusing a review of Death in Venice (dreadful tale, yet another fag-must-die-rather-than-love piece of normative propaganda) written by my good friend Stephen, he expressed a desire to read The Symposium before he eventually re-reads this crapulous homophobic maundering deathless work of art. As I have read The Symposium with less than stellar results, I warned him off. Well, see below for what happened next
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People confused by Love
OPRAH: Good evening and welcome to What's the Most Spiritual Book of All Time? For people who missed last week's exciting semi-final round, The Sermon on the Mount beat The Bhagavad Gita 4-1 while Jonathan Livingston Seagull unexpectedly lost 3-2 to outsider The Symposium. Let's all welcome our finalists!

[Applause. Enter JESUS CHRIST and SOCRATES, both wearing tuxedos. They shake hands. More applause.]

OPRAH: And now let me introduce our jury. I'm thrilled to have with us living legend Paul McCar
Riku Sayuj

“It’s been less than three years that I’ve been Socrates’ companion and made it my job to know exactly what he says and does each day. Before that, I simply drifted aimlessly. Of course, I used to think that what I was doing was important, but in fact I was the most worthless man on earth—as bad as you are this very moment: I used to think philosophy was the last thing a man should do.”

In Praise of Love: An Encore

This is a dialogue about the human aspiration towards happiness, and how that
Glenn Russell
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Plato’s Symposium is one of the best loved classics from the ancient world, a work of consummate beauty as both philosophy and as literature, most appropriate since the topic of this dialogue is the nature of love and includes much philosophizing on beauty. In the spirit of freshness, I will focus on one very important section, where Socrates relates the words of his teacher Diotima on the birth of Love explained in the context of myth:

“Following the birth of Aphrodite, the other gods were havin
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
افلاطون، در رساله ی بسیار دلکش "ضیافت" ، بحث مفصلی راجع به حقیقت "عشق" می کند.
رساله به بازگویی ماجرای یک ضیافت می پردازد. آگاتون میهمانی ای گرفته و نخبگان را دعوت کرده، از آن جمله است: سقراط استاد افلاطون. بحث به چیستی عشق می رسد و هر کس از میهمانان سخنرانی ای زیبا و غزل گونه در ستایش عشق می کند.

از جمله، یکی می گوید: انسان ها در ابتداى آفرينش شان، جفت جفت به هم متصل بودند، و شكلى كروى مى ساختند. اين جفت هاى به هم پيوسته، چنان كامل و قدرتمند بودند، كه خواستند بر ضد خدايان آسمان بشورند، و خدايان ك
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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چند وقت پيش در جواب دوستم كه مى گفت دلم ميخواد عاشق بشم گفتم من اصلن نميدونم عشق چى هست ! نميدونستم كمتر از يه ماه بعد چشمم به يه همچين كتابى ميخوره و دو ساعته مى خونمش و حرفمو پس ميگيرم ..
چه كتابى ، چه توصيفاتى .. حَض كامل و ديگر هيچ .
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد از خوندن كتاب بديو،به خاطر اشاره اى كه به اين كتاب در آن شده بود،درصدد خواندنش بر آمدم و البته چيزى نبود كه انتظارش را مى كشيدم.

آگاتون شاعر جوان و برجسته،ميهمانى اى برپا كرده و جمعى از خردمندان و برجستگان را گردهم آورده است.آنها بعد از باده گسارى تصميم ميگيرند به نوبت در باب عشق سخنرانى كنند.

ابتدا فايدوروس زبان به سخن مى گشايد و كمى از اروس،خداى عشق مى گويد و ستايشش مى كند.سپس به مدح عشق ميپردازد و از قدرت آن در اتحاد مردم مى گويد و سپس با ذكر مثال هايى بيان مى كند كه افراد عاشق،نزد خدايان ا
Jul 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: philosophy
In this book Socrates argues that it is not always a good idea to have sex with boys and Aristophanes explains we were once co-joined creatures of three sexes - either male/female, male/male or female/female and were shaped like balls. How could anyone not find this a book worth reading?
Fatemeh sherafati
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی کتاب خوبی بود.. زیاد پیش اومده بود که بشنوم سقراط از شیوه ی پرسش و پاسخ استفااده می کنه برای بحث کردن.. تو این کتاب اولین بار این دیدم چطور و چقدر هوشمندانه این کار رو انجام میده..

داستان کتاب در مورد ضیافتیه که برگزار شده و بحث عشق میان حضار پیش میاد. که اول هر کدوم از حاضرین نظرشون رو می گن، و در نهایت سقراط، به طرز دلنشینی از عشق صحبت می کنه که واقعا دوست دارم یک بار دیگه سطرهای مربوط به سقراط رو بخونم.
Ian "Marvin" Graye
I Never Met a Physician Who Wasn’t Descended from a Greek

This might just be the work that put the "meta-" (at least the "metafiction") in "metaphysics".

Plato’s name is attached to it, but its principal focus is Socrates. And guess what? Socrates doesn’t so much elaborate on his own views as (1) recount the views of others (especially those of the female philosopher Diotima) and (2) indirectly reveal his views by his conduct and his responses to the views of others (especially the taunts of Alcib
Elena Holmgren
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Symposium holds the key to ancient psychology. One has but to compare post-Freudian psychology's understanding of the drives with Plato's discourse on human longing here in order to measure the distance between the ancient and modern orientations to reality. It is strange for us to conceive this in the post-Darwinian, post-Freudian era, but Plato genuinely held that the longing to know is the fundamental human drive, with sexuality (the modern candidate foundational drive) being derived ther ...more
Amir Latifi
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفه
امتیاز واقعی: ۲/۵
اگر میخواهید برای لذت بخوانید. نخواندید هم چیزی از دست ندادید.

کتاب شیرینی است. ولی اگر دنبال نگاهی دقیق و فلسفی به عشق هستید، اشتباه آمدید.

جمعی در ضیافتی نشستهاند و هرکس از عشق چیزی میگوید. سقراط هم یکی از آنهاست. حرفها قریب به اتفاق از شیرینگویی، آسمان ریسمان بافتن، استعارهبازی و اسطورهگویی فراتر نمیرود. پختهترینشان سقراط است. کمی دقیقتر سخن میراند ولی آن چنان هم حرف حسابی ندراد.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Κάθε επιθυμία των καλών πραγμάτων και της ευτυχίας είναι ο μεγαλύτερος και απατηλός έρωτας κάθε ανθρώπου.
Carlos De Eguiluz
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lectura #6 de la materia de Teoría del Conocimiento, "El Banquete".

Citas y pequeños comentarios de uso personal:

Sabios reunidos: Fedro, Agaton, Eriximaco, Pausanias, Aristodemo, Aristófanes

*Tributo al amor.

"El Amor es un gran dios, muy digno de ser honrado por los dioses y por los hombres por mil razones, sobre todo, por su ancianidad; porque es el más anciano de los dioses."

*Palabra clave: virtud.

"No conozco mayor ventaja para un joven, que tener un amante virtuoso; ni para un amante. que el am
David Sarkies
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to David by: My Classics Lecturer
Shelves: philosophy
The life of the party
26 August 2015

You've really got to love the way Plato writes philosophy. Whereas everybody else simply writes what is in effect a work of non-fiction explaining some ideas, Plato seems to have the habit of inserting them into a story. Okay, he may not be the only philosopher that uses a story to convey his philosophical ideas, but he certainly stands out from his contemporaries, who simply wrote treatises. I've read a few of his works, and he always seems to structure it in
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I chose this translation (by Robin Waterfield), and this publisher (Oxford World's Classic) - the introduction is of great help, and the text flows easily and is very understandable, and doesn't feel stiff and such.

This book's subject is a series of speeches praising Love (both of sexual and of mind-kind; the former producing sometimes children, the latter creative works and learning - the latter is more immortal and superior in author's opinion). The book ends with useful notes and a n
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greek, philosophy
HEADLINE: This is priceless!

When I was a young man, I and my friends certainly had some strange conversations, possibly aided by some substances of questionable legality in certain countries, but we never quite managed to attain the heights of strangeness reached at this banquet/drinking party(*) held in 416 BCE when Socrates was approximately 53 years old, once again the principal figure in this "dialogue" written by Plato between 12 and 15 years after Socrates' death by poisoning in 399 BCE. P
Evripidis Gousiaris
Daniel Leverquin
Gozba, simpozion, ili simpozijum je bila jedna od najzanimljivijih ustanova starogrčkog društva. Predstavljala je spoj večernje zabave, pijanke i političko-filozofskog foruma muškaraca jer ženama nije bio dozvoljen pristup. Najčešće je organizovana u čast pobede na nekom od agona, sportskih ili pozorišnih. Platon uzima gozbu kao okvir za svoje veliko delo, u kojoj se prelamaju društveni odnosi polisa Atine - politički, religijski, seksualni obrasci ponšanja izranjaju na površinu.

Podeljena u 6+1
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two points about this book that I didn't enjoy. Firstly the descriptions of intimate relations with persons of a very very young age which although not exclusive to the Greek people in those times were nevertheless disturbing to read about. Secondly, in the last pages he seems to be tooting his own horn a lot. Even though he portrays Socrates as this superhuman human we know that Socrates speaks Platos own words throughout the whole text so he seems to be giving these amazing characteristics to ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: theory
And Agathon said, It is probable, Socrates, that I knew nothing of what I had said.
And yet spoke you beautifully, Agathon, he said.

Back in the late 1990s a cowpunk band named The Meat Purveyors had a song, Why Does There Have To Be A Morning After? It detailed stumbling around in the cruel light of day, sipping on backwash beer from the night before and attempting to reconstruct what at best remains a blur.

The event depicted here is a hungover quest for certainty. The old hands in Athens have b
Elham 8
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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چهار پنج سالی از خوندن این کتاب میگذره. یادمه وقتی خوندمش اونقدر خوب بود که گفتم همۀ کتابهای دیگۀ افلاطون رو میخونم. و حتی چندتاییشون رو هم خریدم. ولی خب، وقت نشده هنوز اما سر تصمیمم هستم!
این کتاب واقعاً اندیشه بخش و تأمل برانگیزه. دوست داشتم توی اون ضیافت می بودم و افلاطون رو موقع ادای اون جملات میدیدم و حتی خودم هم سؤالهایی میپرسیدم... به نظرم بهترین ایده ها رو درمورد مسائلی مثل عشق که به اندازۀ عمر بشر موضوع بحث قرار گرفته ن، ارائه میده
من اینو پارسال خونده بودم! گودریدز خوردتش؟! :/
The nature of eros is discussed in this famous dialogue by Plato. Symposium literally means "drinking party" in ancient Greek and this was one well-attended party with the likes of Alcibiades, Aristophanes, Agathon, Pausanias, Eryximachus and Socrates. A variety of views are put forward by the participants during the witty dialog that befits a drinking party. Some believe that eros is a somewhat shadowy thing, neither beautiful nor ugly, good nor bad. The most famous view is Aristophanes myth of ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinq-étoiles
در این کتاب افلاطون معنا و مفهوم حقیقی عشق رو از زبان سقراط بیان میکنه. خیلی خیلی عالی بود.

میشنوی که بعضی میگویند کسانی که در جستجوی نیمه دیگر خود هسستند عاشق میباشند، اما من میگویم عاشقان نه به دنبال نیمه دیگر خود هستند و نه به دنبال تمام خود! آنچه که مردمان آن را دوست دارند و خواهان آن هستند فقط خوبی است و لاغیر. هدف و غایت جوشش عشق آفرینش و زاینندگی در زیبایی است. تن و جان مردمان زاینده است و در سن معینی طبیعتشان اشتیاق به تولید و آفرینش پیدا میکند و بر سر آن میرود که زیبایی را بیافریند نه زش
Sheyda Heydari Shovir
سمپوزیوم/ضیافت رو بزبان اصلی نخوندم و ترجمهش بانگلیسی رو خوندم و پس در مورد نثرش حرفی نمیتونم بزنم. اما پیشنهاد کوچکم اینه که ترجمه جوئت رو بخونید. اما سمپوزیوم همونطور که مشهوره در مورد یک شبنشینیه که توش شراب میخورند و در مورد عشق حرف میزنند. موقعیت واقعا اغراقآمیزه، قبول کنیم. بهرحال سقراط و چن نفر دیگه نشستهند و هرکی نظرشو میگه و سقراط هم نظرشو که کلش نقل قول از فرد دیگریست رو میگه. این شکل پرداختش بموضوع یکم ریتمش کنده ولی بطور کلی از بامزگی خالی نیست. من بعنوان ادبیاتی واجب ندیدم طرفی ازین ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب جالبی بود اما برای من تا حدودی خستهکننده بود. توش نظریات آدمهای مختلف توی شبنشینیای در حضور سقراط در باب عشق بیان میشد و آخراش سقراط میاد کاسه کوزهها رو میشکنه و درباره عشق و زیبایی حرف میزنه و آخرش هم مجلس به ابتذال کشیده میشه و ماجرا تموم.

جالبیش برداشت یونانیهای اون زمان از زیبایی و جذب مردها به پسرهای جوون و زیبا بود.

انگار روابطی عاشق و معشوقگون بین مردها طبیعی بوده.

یهجاش میگن خب، دیشب خیلی مست کردیم امشب رو کم مِی بزنیم و بهجاش هرکی نظرشو درباره عشق بگه و ماجرا اینطوری شروع میشه :))
Mohammadjavad Abbasi
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
کتاب داستان مهمانی یکی از دوستان سقراط است که چون در شاعری جایزه گرفته ولیمه میدهد.در این مهمانی همه از شرب و نشاط و هیاهو خسته میشوند و بنا میگذارند هر یک خطبه ای در وصف عشق و مدح خداوند عشق(اروس) بسرایند.همه به نوبت سخن از خدای عشق کرده و در نهایت نوبت به سقراط میرسد و به روش خاص خود(دیالکتیک)معنای عشق را روشن میسازد.آنچه واقعا لذت بخش است وصف هر یک از خداوندگار عشق است که با آنکه مربوط به حدود 2400 سال پیش هست هنوز مضامین ان تازه است و هنوز هم افراد در وصف عشق از همین تعابیر سخن میگویند.واقعا ...more
Mahdi Lotfi
ضیافت، مهمانی یا سومپوسیون یکی از مهمترین دیالوگهایافلاطون است. موضوع این دیالوگ اروس یا عشق است و این اثر مهمترین اثر افلاطون در زمینهٔ عشق میباشد. اثر دیگر افلاطون دربارهٔ عشق که با ضیافت هم در پیوند است فایدروس میباشد. این دیالوگ از دیالوگهای سقراطی افلاطون میباشد که در آنها سقراط چهرهٔ اول آن است. کتاب ضیافت به گونهٔ روایتیاست که در بخشی از آن خواننده شاهد گفتگوی بازیگران آن با یکدیگر است. ...more
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platón, Platone)
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