Diotime de Mantinée is a woman at the same time Philosophe and scientist ()
It seems character of the Banquet of Plato: it is a Prophétesse there. In this work, it is it which appears in the speech of Socrate, which repeats its teaching. Its theory of the Amour proposes a vision Hédoniste bodies, before placing the love between woman and man under the love between men, seen like transcending sexuality and driving with the Beauty and the Good. This vision legitimates the love of the boys (ancient Pédérastie).
The specialists are divided on the question in its real existence. Indeed, Plato generally quotes existing people in his dialogs, and makes say to Socrate which it moved away the plague from Athens by prescribing sacrifices. However, one has no other allusion to a prophetess of his name, and Socrate could invent it to give more weight to its speech, the love between men being thus developed by a Femme.
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