The Symposium - The Symposium: Exploring Eros Eryximachus...

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The Symposium: Exploring Eros Eryximachus suggests an encomium for Eros. Virtue- Good form Bad virtue- Bad Form The Speeches: A. Phaedrus 1.Phaedrus claims Eros is oldest of gods, i. The most authoritative ii. Inspires people to do brave things iii. Lovers are willing to die for their beloved 2. Lover/ Beloved B. Pausanias 1. Pausanias Eros is not one, but two gods, but only partakes in the male a. Devine/heavenly Eros, i. Grown men love young boys b. Vulgar Eros. i. Grown men loving little boys, etc. C. Eryximachus (Medical Doctor) 1. Eros is equated with desire 2, musical instrument- has to be in harmony i. Good- balance/harmony ii. Destruction to harmony (compares to cooking ex. Cheesecake) D. Aristophanes (best known passage in the Symposium) 1. We have a lack of harmony; this is part of our nature 2. We are only half our true selves, we took on the gods, and they split us in two Androgynous love- heterosexual 3. Sex is the desire for unity 4. If we meet our other half we can return to happiness and out ancient state
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Ambuel during the Fall '08 term at Mary Washington.

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