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[201d] whom you cannot contradict: Socrates you easily may.”

1“And now I shall let you alone, and proceed with the discourse upon Love which I heard one day from a Mantinean woman named Diotima:2 in this subject she was skilled, and in many others too; for once, by bidding the Athenians offer sacrifices ten years before the plague, she procured them so much delay in the advent of the sickness. Well, I also had my lesson from her in love-matters; so now I will try and follow up the points on which Agathon and I have just agreed by narrating to you all on my own account, as well as I am able, the speech she delivered to me. So first, Agathon, I must unfold,

1 The Speech of Socrates

2 These names suggest a connection respectively with prophecy and with the favor of Heaven.

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    • R. G. Bury, The Symposium of Plato, 221C
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