Plato’s Symposium

Πλάτωνος Συμπόσιον  // Plato’s Symposium or What is Love?


Have you ever wondered what Love is?

Let us listen to one of the greatest teachers ever to find out!

An invitation to join a superb drinking party in Athens, 416 BC, included in the price of the lesson!

Superstars such as Socrates and Alcibiades – the most adorable, handsome and sincere of the Athenian youth – have already promised to attend …

 «Οἱ μὲν γὰρ νόσον τὸν ἔρωτα,  οἱ δ’ ἐπιθυμίαν,  οἱ δὲ μανίαν,  οἱ δὲ θεῖόν τι κίνημα τῆς ψυχῆς καὶ δαιμόνιον,  οἱ δὲ ἄντικρυς θεὸν ἀναγορεύουσιν. To some Love seems to be a disease, to others a desire, to others a madness, to others a divine change in the soul and a daimonion, and yet others openly proclaim him a god.
ὅθεν ὀρθῶς ἐνίοις ἔδοξε τὸ μὲν ἀρχόμενον ἐπιθυμίαν εἶναι,  τὸ δ’ ὑπερβάλλον μανίαν,  τὸ δὲ ἀντίστροφον φιλίαν,  τὸ δὲ ταπεινότερον ἀρρωστίαν,  τὸ δ’ εὐημεροῦν ἐνθουσιασμόν. Hence there are those who have rightly considered its beginning a desire, its excess a madness, its reciprocation friendship; its lower form a moral weakness, its ascendency an inspiration.
διὸ καὶ πυρφόρον αὐτὸν οἵ τε ποιηταὶ λέγουσιν  οἵ τε πλάσται καὶ γραφεῖς δημιουργοῦσιν,  ὅτι καὶ τοῦ πυρὸς τὸ μὲν λαμπρὸν ἥδιστόν ἐστι,  τὸ δὲ καυστικὸν ἀλγεινότατον.» Therefore poets call him a Fire-bringer, sculptors and painters use their handicraft to depict him as such. For it is the splendour of fire that gives the greatest pleasure, while its burning power inflicts suffering and pain.
( Ἐκ τῶν Πλουτάρχου Ὅτι οὐ κρίσις ὁ ἔρως )

For Whom Is this Course?

  • intermediate to advanced learners of Ancient Greek


  • good knowledge of Ancient Greek (at least one year of university studies or equivalent)
  • prior knowledge speaking the language is welcome but not necessary

Language of Instruction

  • Ancient Greek

Time & Date

  • From May 17, 2024, to July 19, 2024
    Every Friday,
    17:00-18:30 Central European Time


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Karolina Doušová

Karolina teaches Latin and Ancient Greek as living languages in Prague (at Charles University and at “Gymnázium Jaroslava Seiferta”). She has taught various spoken Latin and Greek classes, in person as well as online, e.g. Caelum and Οὐρανός for Cultura Clásica in Madrid, Spain.


  • Standard: 250€
  • Students: 220€


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