♠Plato´s Dialogue, “The Symposium”:
“On Platonic Love and The Myth of the Androgyne”:
“The Symposium” ( Συμπόσιον) is a dialogue by Plato dated c. 385–380 BC.
Plato sets the action in a symposium hosted by the poet Agathon to celebrate his first victory in a dramatic competition, the Dionysia of 416 BC. Each man must deliver an encomiun, a speech in praise of Love (Eros). Each participant, by means of very personal expositions, adds something to a body that at the end is developed by Socrates.
The dialogue concerns itself at one level with the genesis, purpose and nature of love, and (in latter-day interpretations) is the origin of the concept of Platonic Love.
Platonic love is a type of Love that is chaste and non-sexual. This idea is also examined in this dialogue. Of particular importance is the speech of Socrates, relating the ideas attributed to the prophetess Diotima, which present love as…
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