Symposium by Plato

How does alcibiades portray socrates? How does this differ from socrates' self representation and the impression of him with which we have been left up to this point?


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Alcibiades claims his speech is a tribute to Socrates and intended to praise him. He says that the satyr Marsyas, who was famous for the seductive quality of his flute-playing could be compared to Socrates, and then he tells of the little figurines that were created and sold in the market. They were ordinary figurines on the outside, but if you opened them up...... they sported beautiful carvings of divinities on the inside. Alcibiates says the Socrates is like the figurines; he appears poor and ignorant on the outside, but he is wealthy and wise (divine-like), on the inside. This is how he portrayed Socrates.