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[195c] I say he is youngest of the gods and ever young, while those early dealings with the gods which Hesiod1 and Parmenides relate, I take to have been the work of Necessity, not of Love, if there is any truth in those stories. For there would have been no gelding or fettering of each other, nor any of those various violences, if Love had been amongst them; rather only amity and peace, such as now subsist ever since Love has reigned over the gods. So then he is young, and delicate withal: he requires a poet such as Homer to set forth his delicacy divine.

1 Hes. Th. 176ff., Hes. Th. 746ff. There are no such stories in the remaining fragments of Parmenides.

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    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 178B
    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 195C
    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 197B
    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 203C
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