Class Notes (839,150)
Canada (511,218)
English (1,425)
ENG150Y1 (97)

Intro Notes to the Symposium

3 Pages

Course Code
Christian Campbell

This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full 3 pages of the document.
The Symposium - Explicitly about love - Ancient Greece, but after Iliad’s time - Prose; philosophical dialogue (genre), - 7 speeches, all answering the question, “what is love?” - BIG THREE OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY: Socrates – no written work (purely oral teaching) Plato – leaves a whole series of writing, but never in first person Aristotle – highly structured, a lot of writings Important aspects: 1. Time & date 2. Mediation; has been repeated several times 3. Faultiness of narration – allows the reader to find the truth in the text Symposium: party; begins with prayer to gods, dinner, lots of drinking p.8 – they decide to drink moderately: hung-over from the night before p.9 – decide to make it a colloquial, quiet, formal symposium common ground on ideas of love: marriages are “business arrangements” p.10 – Phaedrus’ speech: key aspect of love is sacrifice (you’ll die for them) this goes for women as well as men; gives 3 examples (Orpheus, Achilles, Alphestes?); love makes you better (more virtuous); the most extreme display of love comes from the eromenos – switching the dynamic (i.e. Petroklos, Achilles) p.17 – Pausanias’ speech: the roles of the beloved & lover; celestial love vs. common love; the role of love in society; love in conducive to virtue – hand in hand with celestial love; celestial love can only be between men, common can involve women; celestial: dictated by the goal of virtue on both sides erastes – lover eromenos (paideka) – beloved eros/philos p.20 – Eryximachmus’ speech: sees love as its effect on the body; love is not just about people – it involves every animal, plant, human, supernatural, etc; love is extreme/brutal – it can destroy the one you love, but if it is common, it is good rd p.20 – Aristophanes’ speech: was supposed to go 3 but couldn’t cause he had hiccups… sketch. Gives a story of beginnings, creation, transformation; p.26: Zeus cut people in half so we spend our lives looking for our counterparts, searching for a way to satisfy that missing feeling; talks about homosexuality (only example of female homosexuality in Greek literature); p.29: people being fused together – even in death Agathon’s speech: lays a foundation for Socrates’ speech, we should praise god
More Less
Unlock Document

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.