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Symposium
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The ancient symposium (Greek symposion, ‘[account of a] drinking party’, from syn-, ‘together’ and posis, ‘drinking’) continued in the early modern period, but only as a literary and philosophical text, not as a form of sociability. In most cases, its history was the history of the reception of Plato’s dialogue of the same title. That reception pursued a number of strands in the 18th century including the content of the dialogue, on the philosophy of love…

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Matuschek, Stefan, “Symposium”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 12 : The Reception of Antiquity in the Age of Enlightenment, English edition by Christina C. Harker; Translated by Duncan A. Smart (2021). Original German-language edition: Das 18. Jahrhundert: Lexikon zur Antikerezeption in Aufklärung und Klassizismus. Herausgegeben von Joachim Jacob und Johannes Süßmann. Serie: Der Neue Pauly – Supplemente, 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester, Jörg Rüpke und Helmuth Schneider, Band 13. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2018). Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps12_COM_228185>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20200914



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