Phaedrus Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Chapter 1 (227-234)

* Phaedras meets Socrates as they are walking, an exercise prescribed by Acumenus--a doctor.

* They begin walking by the river and talking about a recent speech of Lysias about relationships. Socrates asks Phaedras to read the speech.

* The speech says that relationships built on love are harmful as they are full of jealousy, spite, and selfishness.

* Lysias claims that relationships between non lovers are more prudent as they allow each side to pursue happiness independant of emotions and jealousy.

* Socrates is skeptical of these ideas and states that passion is important. Phaedras seems enthralled by this idea. Phaedras is Lysias's homosexual partner.

Chapter 2 (235-241)

* Socrates compliments Phaedras on his passionate reading of the speech, but says it was not arranged properly.

* Phaedras talks Socrates into showing him the correct way to arrange a speech by threatening to never give another speech of his own again.

* Socrates says...

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