The dramatic poet and his audience: Agathon and Socrates in Plato's "Symposium"

Emlyn-Jones, Chris (2004). The dramatic poet and his audience: Agathon and Socrates in Plato's "Symposium". Hermes: Zeitschrift für klassische philologie, 132(4) pp. 389–405.

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The conduct of the poet Agathon in Plato's dialogue 'Symposium' is ironically observed by Plato as an indication of his failure to understand the true nature of his dramatic calling. The speeches and audience reaction of the other mmebers of the party are also ironically underlined as ignorant, in contrast to Socrates, of what the true nature of drama is.

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