By Plato, Platon., Plato.; Pratt, Louise H
In welcome distinction, this intermediate-level textbook reinforces the first-year classes and permits scholars to learn Plato's Symposium, the most attractive works in Attic Greek, the dialect taught in such a lot first-year courses.
To meet the desires of scholars who're interpreting prolonged passages of difficult Greek for the 1st time, Louise Pratt, a classical student with greater than 20 years' educating adventure, has frivolously condensed the early readings, supplementing them with evaluation workouts and new vocabulary. She comprises the rest part of the discussion in its entirety to offer scholars the adventure of analyzing Plato's resourceful discussion in all its richness. All readings are glossed, with explanatory notes showing at the comparable web page because the proper texts.
Enlivened via twenty-five illustrations, Eros on the Banquet additionally gains an creation explaining the Symposium's historic and philosophical importance, a accomplished thesaurus, and an up to date bibliography. teachers can also complement this quantity with Pratt's The necessities of Greek Grammar: A Reference for Intermediate Readers of Attic Greek, together with many examples from the Symposium.
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After learning historical Greek for a yr, scholars usually develop into discouraged while awarded with unabridged classical texts that supply merely minimum supportive gear. In welcome distinction, this intermediate-level textbook reinforces the first-year classes and permits scholars to learn Plato's Symposium, the most enticing works in Attic Greek, the dialect taught in such a lot first-year classes.
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In one poetic fragment, Anacreon, a sixth-century lyric poet, describes Eros tossing a ball to the lover and inviting him out to play with a girl (PMG 358). In another, he compares Eros to a blacksmith who batters the lover with an axe and douses him in an ice-cold bath (PMG 413). 4 In Euripides’ tragedy Hippolytus, the chorus sings a remarkable ode concerning Eros, calling him a “tyrant over men” who “breathes disaster” (525–64). Anacreon captures the paradox of Eros in this brief fragment: “The dice that Eros plays with / are raving madness and battle din” (PMG 398; translation by Bing and Cohen 1991: 91).
In the context of the symposium, the role of the ἐραστής seems to have been conceived of as educational and initiatory, 13. See Lear and Cantarella 2008: 39 for courting gifts depicted in vase painting. 20 introduction Fig. 7. Man playing kottabos. Detail from red-figure kylix (drinking cup), ca. e. Inv. 8. Courtesy of the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2005. at least in the loose sense of introducing young men to the world of manhood and male behavior appropriate to their social class; some of the speakers in the Symposium use these traditional elements to support a fuller notion of the ἐραστής as a teacher of true virtue.
It implies a strong desire or need, not merely affection or warmth. The word φιλία, which also is regularly translated “love,” and the corresponding verb φιλέω refer to a more general form of love that exists between family members and friends, though it can also apply to erotic relationships. Generally, φιλία is conceived of as a more symmetrical and mutual relationship with less connotation of strong passion than is ἔρως. Φίλοι (family members and friends) are presumed to both love and be loved; we do not see the strong distinction evident in the words ἐραστής and ἐρώμενος (see previous section).
Eros at the banquet : reviewing Greek with Plato's Symposium by Plato, Platon., Plato.; Pratt, Louise H