“It ultimate source is Diotima, who explains it to Socrates, who explains it to Aristodemus, who reports it to Apollodorus, who tells it to his anonymous friend, while we, so to speak, overhear. Add to this the fact that we don’t actually hear the report, but only read about it in the work of an author who consistently denigrated writing and considered it vastly inferior to live speech–that we read it furthermore in a translated version with the aid of notes, commentaries, and other academic filters and modifications”



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