He said that he met Socrates fresh from the bath and wearing his best pair of slippers – quite rare events with him – and asked him where he was heading with such a fine appearance.
“To dinner at Agathon’s,” he answered. “Now tell me, do you feel in the mood for going unasked to dinner?”
My friend’s answer, as he told me, was:
“I am afraid that mine is a case which fits Homer’s – a dolt coming unbidden to the banquet of a scholar. Be sure to have your excuse ready; for I shall not confess to coming unasked, but only at your invitation.” (Plato, Symposium – abridged)
Soon Philippos will be holding a symposium…