The Classical Greek polymath Plato wrote The Symposium between 385 and 380 B.C. It's a philosophical dialogue, which examines the many-faceted nature of love.
In Ancient Greece, a symposium was literally a drinking party that included philosophical discussion (don't all good drinking parties?)
At this particular party, which takes place in the home of Agathon, the notion of love is discussed by seven men: Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes, Agathon, Socrates and Alcibiades.
In turn, each participant must offer a encomium (a speech of praise) to Eros or love. It is understood that the actual symposium took place in 416 B.C., in celebration of Agathon’s victory in the Dionysia (a dramatic competition). Plato, who apparently heard about the dialogue fourth-hand, combines his own written narrative with the speeches made at the symposium.