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Symposium | Suggested Reading


Here are some suggested reading materials and online resources to help you get a better understanding of Plato's Symposium. In addition, we've listed some articles and other books that are similar to Symposium that you may enjoy.

Reading Materials

Blondell, Ruby. "Where Is Socrates on the 'Ladder of Love'?" Plato's Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, edited by James Lesher, Debra Nails, and Frisbee Sheffield, Harvard UP, 2006, pp. 147–78.

Brickhouse, Thomas, and Nicholas D. Smith. "Plato (427–347 B.C.E.)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, U of Tennessee Martin, n.d.

Hare, R.M. Plato. Oxford UP, 1983.

Meyer, Jørgen Christian. "Women in Classical Athens: In the Shadow of North-West Europe or in the Light from Istanbul." Kalk, U of Bergen, n.d.

Murray, Oswyn, editor. Sympotica: A Symposium on the Symposium. Oxford UP, 1995.

Plato. Symposium. Translated by Robin Waterfield, Oxford UP, 1998.

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