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Symposium | Section Summaries


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Section Summary
Prologue This brief introductory scene sets the stage for the rest of the dialogue. The speaker is Apollodorus of Phalerum, who i... Read More
Phaedrus's Speech In his brief oration, Phaedrus first describes love as a "great and awesome god" whose primordial nature grants him prec... Read More
Pausanias's Speech Pausanias is the next speaker included in Apollodorus's narrative. His approach to the topic is very different from Phae... Read More
Eryximachus's Speech Aristophanes is supposed to be the next speaker, but he has succumbed to a case of the hiccups. Eryximachus, the physici... Read More
Aristophanes's Speech Having finally recovered from his hiccuping fit, Aristophanes offers his own speech on love, beginning with a mild joke ... Read More
Agathon's Speech At this point only two speakers remain: the tragic playwright Agathon followed by Socrates, himself. In his speech Agath... Read More
Socrates and Agathon Agathon's speech is applauded as brilliant, but Socrates has a few pointed questions about Agathon's characterization of... Read More
Socrates's Speech Socrates's discourse on love is the centerpiece of the dialogue and, in part, a refutation of Agathon's one-sided speech... Read More
Entry of Alcibiades With Socrates's unusual eulogy of Love, the contest seems to be over. Just at that moment, however, Alcibiades is ushere... Read More
Alcibiades's Speech Alcibiades begins his speech by reiterating his promise to tell the truth and inviting Socrates to interrupt if he says ... Read More
Epilogue Alcibiades is applauded for his speech. Socrates praises him for his wit and inventiveness, but—to Alcibiades's frustrat... Read More
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