Colloquium vs. Symposium

By Jaxson

  • Symposium

    In ancient Greece, the symposium (Greek: συμπόσιον symposion or symposio, from συμπίνειν sympinein, “to drink together”) was a part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation. Literary works that describe or take place at a symposium include two Socratic dialogues, Plato’s Symposium and Xenophon’s Symposium, as well as a number of Greek poems such as the elegies of Theognis of Megara. Symposia are depicted in Greek and Etruscan art that shows similar scenes.In modern usage, it has come to mean an academic conference or meeting such as a scientific conference. The equivalent of a Greek symposium in Roman society is the Latin convivium.

  • Colloquium (noun)

    A colloquy; a meeting for discussion.

  • Colloquium (noun)

    An academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting.

  • Colloquium (noun)

    An address to an academic meeting or seminar.

  • Colloquium (noun)

    That part of the complaint or declaration in an action for defamation which shows that the words complained of were spoken concerning the plaintiff.

  • Symposium (noun)

    A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.

  • Symposium (noun)

    A drinking party in Ancient Greece, especially one with intellectual discussion.


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