Eros at the Banquet: Reviewing Greek with Plato's Symposium by Louise Pratt

By Louise Pratt

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2011
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After learning historical Greek for a 12 months, scholars frequently turn into discouraged while awarded with unabridged classical texts that provide in basic terms minimum supportive apparatus.In welcome distinction, this intermediate-level textbook reinforces the first-year classes and permits scholars to learn Plato's Symposium, the most enticing works in Attic Greek, the dialect taught in such a lot first-year courses.

To meet the wishes of scholars who're examining prolonged passages of demanding Greek for the 1st time, Louise Pratt, a classical student with greater than twenty years' instructing event, has flippantly condensed the early readings, supplementing them with evaluate routines and new vocabulary. She comprises the remainder section of the discussion in its entirety to offer scholars the adventure of analyzing Plato's resourceful discussion in all its richness. All readings are glossed, with explanatory notes showing at the similar web page because the suitable texts.

Enlivened by means of twenty-five illustrations, Eros on the Banquet additionally positive aspects an creation explaining the Symposium's historic and philosophical value, a complete thesaurus, and an up to date bibliography. teachers can also complement this quantity with Pratt's The necessities of Greek Grammar: A Reference for Intermediate Readers of Attic Greek, consisting of many examples from the Symposium.

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It also establishes a second dramatic date, the time of narration, some ten to fifteen years after the party itself, as a frame of reference. Historical Context of the Dialogue Although written in the first half of the fourth century, the dialogue is set in the final two decades of the fifth. The introductory frame (reading 1) occurs somewhere near the end of the fifth century. e. This puts it toward the end of the Peloponnesian War, the great conflict between the two major Greek city-states, Athens and Sparta, and their allies.

The most appropriate one to ——, the right one to ——. ) (Essentials §181). εἶ: from εἰμί (Essentials §65) ἀπαγγέλλω = announce publicly, make public ἦ δ᾿ ὅς: see vocabulary αὐτός: as always in the nominative, αὐτός here intensifies the subje. σύ = you yourself (Essentials §200) reading 1a: lines 14–19 35 Κἀγὼ εἶπον ὅτι “Παντάπασιν ὁ διηγούμενος σοι ἔοικεν οὐδὲν 14 διηγεῖσθαι σαφές, εἰ νεωστὶ ἡγῇ τὴν συνουσίαν γεγονέναι ταύτην ἣν 15 ἐρωτᾷς, ὥστε καὶ ἐμὲ παραγενέσθαι. οὐκ οἶσθ᾿, ὦ Γλαύκων, ὅτι 16 πολλῶν ἐτῶν Ἀγάθων ἐνθάδε οὐκ ἐπιδεδήμηκεν; οὐδέπω δὲ 17 τρία ἔτη ἐστίν ἀφ᾿ οὗ ἐγὼ Σωκράτει συνδιατρίβων ἠρξάμην καὶ 18 ἐπιμελὲς πεποίημαι ἑκάστης ἡμέρας εἰδέναι ὅ τι ἂν λέγῃ ἢ πράττῃ.

16 πολλῶν ἐτῶν Ἀγάθων ἐνθάδε οὐκ ἐπιδεδήμηκεν; οὐδέπω δὲ 17 τρία ἔτη ἐστίν ἀφ᾿ οὗ ἐγὼ Σωκράτει συνδιατρίβων ἠρξάμην καὶ 18 ἐπιμελὲς πεποίημαι ἑκάστης ἡμέρας εἰδέναι ὅ τι ἂν λέγῃ ἢ πράττῃ. 19 14 15 16 17 18 19 κἀγώ = καὶ ἐγώ, a common instance of crasis (Essentials §207) ὅτι: frequently used in the Symposium to introduce a direct statement; it is virtually a punctuation mark: do not translate in these contexts ὁ διηγούμενος: the definite article preceding the participle makes clear that this is a substantive participle (Essentials §169); on the tense, see note on διηγεῖσθαι in line 15 διηγεῖσθαι: in the absence of an imperfect infinitive, Greek regularly uses a present infinitive in indirect statement to reflect an original imperfect indicative; the continuing aspect is more important than the past tense; context calls for translation as a past tense *νεωστί adv.

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