Beauty

A picture of Socrates
Listening to a radio programme about Plato’s dialogue ‘The Symposium’ led Harry Eyres, Financial Times columnist, to reflect on devaluation.*  The devaluation in question was not of the pound, but of the language of love. The Symposium is a discussion of the nature of love, consisting of speeches made by participants at an Athenian dinner party held in 416BC.  So we are talking about a work of literature written nearly 2,400 years ago. A prevailing view is that anything written that long ago...