how the first two rungs of the Ladder of Love (scala amoris) are focused on the physical beauty found within bodies – the first within a particular individual, and the second found universally within all beauties. While he did suggest the need to ascend the Ladder of Love from these lower rungs to reach the true form of Love, he did not preach for their complete abandonment. In fact, Diotima’s speech about the climb stated that “upon realizing that the beauty of all bodies is identical, the lover’s
and or love. This being of some sort has been around for eons in many forms and it is always interesting to hear how others think of Eros. For instance, From Plato’s dialogs in Symposium Eros was presented as a divine force of one kind or another that brought benefits to human’s value. however though Eros is of sexual desire or love in Plato’s dialogue he seem to de-emphasize the physical sexuality of Eros to a degree as if Eros is really a guide to something either divine or close to the divine or
The various ideologies of love mentioned by speakers in Plato’s Symposium portrayed the social and cultural aspect of ancient Greece. In the text, there were series of speeches given by Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes, Socrates, and Agathon about the idea of love, specifically the effect and nature of Eros. Within the speakers, Agathon’s speech was exceptional in that his speech shifted the focus of the audience from effect of Eros on people, to the nature and gifts from the Eros.