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By Elizabeth S. Belfiore

regardless of expanding curiosity within the determine of Socrates and in love in historic Greece, no fresh monograph experiences those subject matters in all 4 of Plato's dialogues on love and friendship. This e-book presents vital new insights into those topics by way of analyzing Plato's characterization of Socrates in Symposium, Phaedrus, Lysis and the customarily overlooked Alcibiades I. It specializes in the explicit ways that the thinker searches for knowledge with his younger interlocutors, utilizing an artwork that's 'erotic', now not in a narrowly sexual experience, yet since it stocks features attributed to the daimon Eros in Symposium. In all 4 dialogues, Socrates' artwork allows him, like Eros, to look for the wonder and knowledge he acknowledges that he lacks and to assist others search those similar items of erôs. Belfiore examines the dialogues as either philosophical and dramatic works, and considers many connections with Greek tradition, together with poetry and theater.

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