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The word love carries with it many many different interpretations In modern day our views on what is appropriate love is much different from the views from the time of Socrates and Plato To them love was eros a direct translation of the word love However the word itself wasnt the only thing that was different about love In Platos Symposium there is a celebration for Agathon He had just won a dramatic contest in Athens Greece two nights ago It is customary to drink much wine at these gatherings however every one present is too weak from the night before Nehamas Woodruff pg xiii So a proposition is made by Phaedrus to properly give praise to the god Eros and speak on the topic of love It was their opinion that no poet has yet been able to properly do so Nehamas Woodruff pg 7 There were a total of seven accounts given in praise of eros by seven different people who are present at the party Of these accounts the one that made the most sense was the speech of Socrates when he quotes Diotima This account is practical and shows love not as a heavenly creature but as a mortal being where we can interact with him It also has answers that most of the other accounts could not even question This is what stands the speech of Socrates and Diotima apart from most of the others But there were two other speeches that were also impressive and brought about points that Socrates did not make These accounts were given by Aristophanes and Agathon Through these three speeches we can get a good picture of what eros is Starting with the most complete account Socrates and Diotima and moving through Aristophanes and then Agathon this paper will show why these accounts are superior and why Socrates makes the most sense After Agathons speech it was Socrates turn to present his
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