How Long to Read The Symposium

By Plato

How Long Does it Take to Read The Symposium?

It takes the average reader 2 hours and 32 minutes to read The Symposium by Plato

Assuming a reading speed of 250 words per minute. Learn more


A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts, as relevant today as ever In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato's mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love—as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action and as a means of ethical education. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

How long is The Symposium?

The Symposium by Plato is 148 pages long, and a total of 38,184 words.

This makes it 50% the length of the average book. It also has 47% more words than the average book.

How Long Does it Take to Read The Symposium Aloud?

The average oral reading speed is 183 words per minute. This means it takes 3 hours and 28 minutes to read The Symposium aloud.

What Reading Level is The Symposium?

The Symposium is suitable for students ages 10 and up.

Note that there may be other factors that effect this rating besides length that are not factored in on this page. This may include things like complex language or sensitive topics not suitable for students of certain ages.

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