To our students past, present, and future
Each of the essays included in this volume was presented at a conference held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, in August of 2005. On behalf of all the conference participants we would like to thank the Director of the Center, Professor Gregory Nagy, Associate Director Douglas Frame, Programs Officer Jennifer Reilly, Executive Assistant Abby Porter, and staff members Adam Briscoe, Sylvia Henderson, Zoie Lafis, Jill Curry Robbins, Ruth Taylor, and Temple Wright. Our conference on Plato’s Symposium represents only one of the many outreach initiatives recently undertaken by the Center to foster greater understanding and appreciation of our Hellenic heritage.
One of the requirements established by the Center was that copies of the conference papers be made available to all participants well in advance of the event. Lori Keleher of the University of Maryland and two members of the Center’s publications staff, Mark Tomasko and Professor Leonard Muellner, converted the documents into the required electronic format. Once the conference had taken place, the papers were made available to the general public through electronic publication on the Center’s Web site.
In preparation for the appearance of the papers in book form, two anonymous external readers were engaged by the Center whom the participants also wish to thank. Zoie Lafis provided the handsome image of Diotima and Socrates that appears on the cover, and Jill Curry Robbins obtained the many permissions required for the use of visual materials. Professor Leonard Muellner provided technical support, and Chet McLeskey of Michigan State University assisted with copy-editing and indexing the volume in its final stages.