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The Core Curriculum

"Discours de Aristophane," an animated film by Pascal Szidon.

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2005 CE
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Plato's speech on Love given by Aristophanes remains one of the most affecting and memorable stories of the human longing for companionship. Aristophanes, the great comic poet, here strikes a tragic note: people were once joined in pairs, but, so powerful that the they threatened the gods, Zeus split them in two. This, says Aristophanes, is why we all search for our "other half," and one reason that sexual communion is both so desireable and so ephemeral.