The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0584  Monday, 12 March 2001

From:           John Jowett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 12 Mar 2001 14:23:54 GMT
Subject:        Timon Query

I have a query.  In Timon of Athens 1.2, the banquet scene, Alcibiades
enters in the middle of proceedings and joins the feast.  Is there an
echo here of Alcibiades' similar interruption in Plato's Symposium?  The
question is, of course, how far the Symposium was known in Jacobean
England.  It was not available in English.  Sidney and Chapman both
apparently knew of it, but possibly only by repute.  Does anyone have
any other information about the extent to which the Symposium was known
in early modern England?

John Jowett

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