Chapter 5 is devoted to an analysis of the third speech in Phaedrus , the speech on the true lover.
This type of lover is concerned with his own physical pleasure, confers no good on the beloved, and worst of all denies the beloved the ability and opportunity to pursue wisdom. Her analysis emphasizes the horse as an erotic symbol in Greek literature, the satyr-like nature of the black horse, and the significance of the choral imagery employed in the myth. Belfiore set out in detail how the focus on Socrates and his erotic art sheds light upon and helps to answer some of the persisting questions and interpretive debates about each of the dialogues. Perhaps we finally know the true value of questions when we find ourselves asking them over and over again.
What is Socrates up to in this dialogue?
Toward what end s are his questions put? Belfiore provides rich and detailed answers to these questions. But as noted earlier, I believe Belfiore delineates a coherence in these four dialogues that perhaps even Plato would find a bit surprising. BMCR Bryn Mawr Classical Review ISBN Reviewed by David M.
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