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according to Agathon. In bravery, Love had a hold on everyone, gods and humans alike. Bravery is related to power, and with this hold, Love is the bravest (Nehamas & Woodruff, pg. 35). Of all four characteristics, the one that shows proof of Love’s goodness towards humans. In wisdom, one can teach another, whatever the task may be. Love gives this wisdom, for it is a love for something that allows us to learn from it, this is a technical skill that Love offers (Nehamas & Woodruff, pg. 35) Agathon’s account of Love is very good. He backs up his claims with popular belief. But, what was right to them, may not seem correct to us, and this is a problem that arises with Agathon’s speech. In the times of Socrates and Plato, eros was a much different word then it’s

translation: love. He have seen how love takes the shape of a god, and how it has influenced the evolution of human kind. In the “Symposium”, Socrates gives the most sensible account of eros when he quotes Diotima , even though to this day, it is unclear whether Diotima was a fabrication to fit Socrates’ needs when discussing love. The speech of Aristophanes was also worth noting, as he had brought up the point of human nature, the only speaker to do so. As well, Agathon had a very complete speech, he chose to describe the god Love in terms of his moral character and his virtues. These three accounts were the best of all that were offered. Socrates was the superior one to the other two, but nonetheless, the speeches of Aristophanes and Agathon were complete. Together, these

three accounts form a very good picture of eros, one that shows every aspect of what eros truly is. Bibliography Nehamas, A. & Woodruff, P. “Symposium”, Hackett Publishing Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1989