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In Platos book Symposium The Speech of Phaedrus depicts love as the most wonderful god making men and even gods weak in their knees Love makes men and women lose control and do anything for their lover Gods will bend the rules and lovers will make sacrifices These claims listed support Phaedrus statement Therefore I say Love is the most ancient of the gods the most honored and the most powerful in helping men gain virtue and blessedness whether they are alive or have passed away 12 180B Phaedrus gives several examples of brave actions preformed by lovers One is the story of Alcestis and Admetus Apollo gave Admetus the option of living if he could only find someone to die in his place His loving wife Alcestis would be willing to do this Plato 10 179B Admetus living parents wouldnt even take the fall for him making it seem like that their son only belonged to them in name So Alcestis died for him The gods were so impressed with this action that they granted her life again Her soul was sent back from the Underworld 11 179C-D This suggests that even the gods hold love on a high platform Next Phaedrus tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice which is a little different A serpent had killed Eurydice so Orpheus pled to the gods for Eurydices return They said he could go to the Underworld to retrieve his lover but as they were walking out he could not look back to make sure she was following him and if he did her soul would be sent back into the Underworld So Orpheus went to the Underworld and retrieved Eurydice As they were walking out of the Underworld his curiosity got the best of him he turned around to make sure she was there Her image was there behind him but her soul faded back into the Underworld He had broken the rule
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