Hardly any text in the history of Western philosophy has evoked such a multifaceted history of impact as Plato's 'Symposium'. In particular, the words of the wisdom priestess Diotima (with a not insignificant dualistic gout), reproduced by Socrates, took their meandering path from the Italian Renaissance to German Romanticism, to Novalis and Hölderlin. Century, for example through Musil in the 'Man without Qualities'. With the transfer of Ute Schmidt-Berger 'Das Trinkgelage', the conversation of poets, sophists, rhetors, old wise men and beautiful youngsters about the nature of Eros, becomes Alternation between mythological, rhetorical and dialectical speech brought to life. Undisguised, the gaze is directed, among other things, to Diotima's erosion theology, which is still surprisingly topical today.