Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 2005


In a famous scene at the end of Plato's symposium, after a high-minded philosophical discussion about the nature of love at a festive dinner party had degenerated into a drunken free-for-all, only three of the guests were sober enough to continue the conversation: the philosopher Socrates, the tragic poet Agathon, and the comic poet Aristophanes.


Reprinted from A Companion to Tragedy, edited by Rebecca Bushnell, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, number 32 (Massachusetts: Blackwell, 2005), pages 251-268. The author has asserted his right to include this material in ScholarlyCommons@Penn.



Date Posted: 28 September 2006