Plato was part of my formal education; I would imagine most high school and university arts students read at least the dialogues surrounding the death of Socrates and possibly more – for example the scene in the cave from The Republic. I liked those, but left the Greeks behind for a long time after university, returning to them – and the Latins – about thirty years ago when I decided I had not had enough of the “classics”. I still haven’t, but I’ve read a great number of them.Plato was something of a fascist, and Karl Popper’s Open Society and its Enemies demolishes Plato the politician and political theorist, and fairly too. When I read Popper on Plato I found myself nodding in agreement as I thought of The Republic and other of his political writings. But I nodded too at the beginning of Popper’s demolition job when he said he admired other aspects of Plato.When I launched into my classics phase I read quite a number of the dialogues. Some are more or less forgettable, or deal with issues that were a big deal in Plato’s time but not so important to us now. But it was not till late in my reading of him that I reached the most impressive, and one of the shortest, of his dialogues: The Symposium.