Phil. 3383/Freeland/Spring 1998

"Platonic" Love

Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty

More lexicon items:

eros: ----- erotic love, sexual desire, strong attraction
agape: ----- affectionate love, in Bible, God's love
philia: ----- friendship, friendly love

The Order of Speeches in the Symposium

Also Relevant on Platonic Love: Phaedrus, especially Socrates' second speech, 243e-257b Love is the "divine madness"

Recommended Readings
on Gender Issues in Plato and the Ancient Greeks

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