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Shaw uses a re-telling of Ovid's classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his statue of the perfect woman to promote his feminist views and satirize the British class system. In the play Professor Higgins plans to present the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a duchess. Pygmalion both delighted and scandalised Edwardian audiences in 1914. The actress who played the role of Eliza was considered to have risked her career by speaking the line "Not bloody likely!". Later used as the basis for the film MyFair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.
Held mostly in male quarters, Symposia were an integral part of Classical Greek society. Usually reclining in couches and partaking of food, wine and entertainment, men could amongst other things, discuss, debate and celebrate in a symposium. Plato's Symposium was a forum for discourse between Socrates and his friends on varied subjects: love, truth, leadership ... A cornerstone for Western Philosophy.
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