Symposium - Part 8, line 214a to 220a Summary & Analysis

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Part 8, line 214a to 220a Summary

Alcibiades proceeds to have everyone drink more and to make sure that all the men are drunk as he is already. Eryximachus objects to all this drinking without any the making of speeches or singing. Eryximachus tells Alcibiades that they are all making speeches in praise of Love. Alcibiades answers that instead, he wants to make a speech in praise of Socrates. After Socrates objects, worrying that something nasty will be said, Alcibiades assures Socrates that he will say nothing but the truth, and so Socrates agrees to hear the speech.

Alcibiades compares Socrates to "statues of Silenus," which are statues with statues of the gods inside them. Alcibiades also compares Socrates to Marsyas, the Satyr. Alcibiades claims that Socrates has assaulted him and mentally abused him. Alcibiades says that Socrates bewitches and seduces people with his speeches, like...

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