Greek mythology

Platos Symposium:

WA5: Read Aristophanes myth on soulmates in the Anthology. Consider how Aristophanes characterizes humans as not whole, broken, and wounded in some way, always longing to find our other half. What can this teach us about the ancient Greeks conception of codependency and hierarchical relationships in love? What about their ideas of self v. other? (see the link on abject theory) Do you believe in soulmates? How can we compare this to the idea of lovesickness/pain in Sapphos love poetry? Are we attracted to people or the qualities in people? Why does Aristophanes insist on his myth being taken seriously, even though he is a comic playwright? Is love a desire for wholeness? How can this myth be read as an etiology (origin story) for more romantic (rather than purely sexual) love?

Please back up your argument with a few specific quotes from the reading. Dont feel as if you have to answer all these questions, and feel free to respond to something in this reading that I didnt directly ask about!

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