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XI. The fourth Interlude: 198 A-199 C.

Agathon “brought down the house” with his peroration; and Socrates remarked to Eryximachus that its eloquence left him in despair —petrified by the Gorgon of Agathon's brilliant Gorgianisms. “Now,” he said, “I must retract my rash tongue-pledge to join in a eulogy of Eros, since I perceive that I was quite astray in my ideas about the encomiastic art: for I supposed that truth came first, ornamental compliment second, whereas the contrary is evidently the fact. Such an encomium is quite beyond my poor powers; but if you care for an unvarnished speech about Eros, that I am ready to make.” Phaedrus and the rest bidding him proceed in his own fashion, Socrates began by the following conversation with Agathon.

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