ASPECTS OF THE ANCIENT GREEK SYMPOSION

W. J. Henderson

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Introduction
For the duration of its history in the period when Greece was still a predominantly oral culture, deep into the 4th century BC, the symposion was one of the most important places where citizens, young and old, were prepared for their civic roles in the city-state. At the same time it provided the context in which poetry, as one of the media in the educational process, was created, communicated and preserved. Its religious-philosophical character and its secure and frank environment provided a context conducive to intellectual debate, friendly and genial association, and the uninhibited enjoyment of sensual pleasures.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/45-0-160

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