Symposium, or the Banquet

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The Symposium is a Socratic dialogue by Xenophon. It dramatizes a discussion of Socrates and company at a dinner given by Callias for Autolycus, son of Lycon. While Plato's Symposium consists of a series of lengthy speeches in praise of love, Xenophon's is dominated by witty repartee. A contest of words emerges between Socrates and Callias, and each of the symposiasts is asked to describe the thing which he prides himself on most. All their answers are playful or paradoxical: Socrates, for one, prides himself on his knowledge of the art of pimping. The story comes to a climax when Socrates praises the love Callias had for Autolycus.
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January 11, 2013
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