Plato’s famous dialogue, the Symposium, takes place the day after the tragic poet, Agathon, wins his first and only award at the Lenaia in 416 BC, the year before Alcibiades’s failed quest to Sicily. The dramatic setting occurs among a group of Athenians gathered at Agathon’s house in Athens to celebrate his victory. The party is … Continue reading What is Love in the Symposium?
In the garden of Eden, we encounter two trees: the tree of knowledge, good and evil; and the tree of life. In Genesis Chapter III, we discover new humans in the garden (if we accept either the seven day creation narrative of Genesis I, or the 'soil and rib' narrative of Genesis II). The humans … Continue reading Genesis III: In Defense of the Serpent