Posts Tagged ‘Conclusion’

Welcome to our new unofficial*  Open University A396 2009 blog for discussing Plato’s Symposium.  I am hoping this is going to be as simple as setting up some categories with very basic posts about the different sections of the Symposium and inviting all you knowledgable poeple to comment about them.  I was thinking of having sections for

1 The Framing Narrative

2 Phaedrus’ Speech

3 Pausanias’ Speech

4 Eryximachus’ Speech

5 Aristophanes’ Speech

6 Agathon’s Speech

7 Socrates’ Speech

8 Alcibiades’ Speech

9 The Conclusion

How does that sound to the rest of you?

I think you will be able to leave comments without logging in but the first one will need to be approved before it appears – I will try not to take too long 🙂

*NB This is not an official Open University site – it is provided by students for students but anyone is welcome to contribute 🙂

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The Conclusion

The end of Alcibiades’ speech is met with laughter because ‘he seemed still to be affected by love for Socrates’. Socrates accuses him of trying to stir up trouble between Agathon and himself and Agathon, agreeing with him, manoeuvres round Alcibiades, who has physically placed himself between them, so he can be by Socrates again. Socrates denies Alcibiades request that Agathon lie in the middle, saying, inaccurately, that this would mean that Agathon now had to make a speech in praise of Socrates too. (In fact it has only been agreed that Alcibiades may praise Socrates instead of Eros – no general agreement on praising the person to your right has been made).  Agathon is keen to receive Socrates’ encomium and he moves right so that Socrates can be between him and Alcibiades.

At this point, the Symposium is interrupted by revellers and no more speeches are made. We begin to move back out of the framing narrative  with “ἐφη ὁ᾿Αριστοδημος” (‘Aristodemus said’) as he tells us that Eryximachus and Phaedrus (his ‘friend’) and some of the others left and that Aristodemus himself then slept. At dawn he found Socrates, Agathon (comic dramatist) and Aristophanes (tragedian) still drinking and Socrates trying to persuade his companions that the man who can write tragedy can also write comedy. They are overcome by Socrates’ argument and by sleep so Socrates leaves, shadowed by Aristodemus, washes at the Lyceum and spends the day as usual and before going home to rest next evening.

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