Symposium Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How is the story of the Symposium introduced and who is responsible for telling it?

A companion requests that the story be told by Apollodorus. Although the actual party took place a long time ago, it is remembered by Apollodorus because of a firsthand account of the event given by Aristodemus.

2. What is the setting of the Symposium and the circumstances around it?

The Symposium takes place at Agathon's house in Athens, the day after the party that Agathon had for the successful performance of one of his plays to over thirty thousand people.

3. How well does Apollodorus know Socrates in order to verify the information of what took place at the Symposium?

Apollodorus has been speaking with Socrates every day for the last three years. He has also confirmed with Socrates the report given by Aristodemus on what took place at the Symposium.

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