Rivoli - Grande Auditório
Plato and the definitions of Love

Chaired by 

Shumon Basar


In one of his most notable works, The Banquet, Plato describes a feast in which some philosophical friends, including Socrates, discuss the nature and qualities of Eros. As with the mysterious genealogy of Eros – some considered him to be a primordial god, whereas others believed him to be the son of Aphrodite and Ares – opinions about love and eroticism are multiple and controversial and have inspired artists and philosophers over the ages.

The writer Marina Warner, president of the Royal Society of Literature and one of the most acclaimed British mythographers, and historian and architectural theorist Beatriz Colomina, an expert on architecture and sexuality, will commence with The Banquet and then, using the Socratic tradition of dialogue, they will discuss how modern allegories, everyday practices and artistic practices are influenced by different perspectives on love, sexuality, beauty or gender. From Aristophanes’ fantastic interpretations of the androgynous origin of man to the Playboy Mansion, this talk, moderated by writer and curator Shumon Basar, is scheduled for November 7, the date when Renaissance humanists staged an annual banquet to celebrate the anniversary of Plato’s birth and death.

Simultaneous interpretation