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Symposium literature
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A. Definition

SL is a genre of prose literature containing a report of a symposion (Latin convivium, symposium, see Banquet), sometimes also of the preceding dinner (δεῖπνον/ deîpnon , Latin cena ). The main narrative current consists of the conversations of the participants, which can also contain complete speeches or lectures. SL can also be seen as a special case of the literary dialogue [4]. A deîpnon literature can be distinguished from a SL [8] (see below [D5]). However, these stra…

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Görgemanns, Herwig (Heidelberg), “Symposium literature”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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