Plato's "Symposium" (review)

Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):467-468 (2006)

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Susan B. Levin
Smith College
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Susan B. Levin - Plato's "Symposium" - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44:3 Journal of the History of Philosophy 44.3 467-468 Richard Hunter. Plato's "Symposium". New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Pp. xiii + 150. Cloth, $40.00. Paper, $14.95. The editors of the series in which Plato's "Symposium" appears state that its constituent texts are to be "essays in criticism and interpretation that will do justice to the subtlety and complexity of the works under discussion" . In the preface, Hunter identifies as his audience "those who have already read or are in the process of reading the Symposium" . Plato's "Symposium" has much to offer to classics students and to the general reader. The book provides useful literary and cultural background regarding the conduct of Greek symposia . It is filled with valuable interpretive remarks, as for example when Hunter proposes that Alcibiades' depiction of Socrates "as a carved Silenus" instantiates a "common form of sympotic verbal game, the 'likeness'—'Why is X like Y ?'" . Hunter's rich knowledge of Greek..
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