The definition of a symposium is a meeting, discussion or conference about a particular topic.
An example of a symposium is a discussion on Shakespeare's later comedies.
A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
Origin of symposium
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€ÏŒÏƒÎ¹Î¿Î½ (sumposion, “drinking party") from ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€Î¯Î½Ï‰ (sumpinÅ, “drink together") ÏƒÏ…Î½- (sun-, “together-") + Ï€Î¯Î½Ï‰ (pinÅ, “drink").
The same distinction is found in Xenophon's Symposium (viii.
The term has been applied in modern usage, due to Plato's Symposium, to a collection of opinions of different writers on a given subject.
In Plutarch's Symposium of the Seven Sages, at which Aesop is a guest, there are many jests on his original servile condition, but nothing derogatory is said about his personal appearance.
According to Plato (Symposium, 180), there are two Aphrodites, " the elder, having no mother, who is called the heavenly Aphrodite - she is the daughter of Uranus; the younger, who is the daughter of Zeus and Dione - her we call common."
To quote from a useful work (National Education: a Symposium, 1901), " the commercial supremacy of England was due to a variety of causes, of which superior intelligence, in the ordinary business sense, was not the most important.