I thought I understood the Symposium. I had a copy of Allen's commentary and was truly satisfied. Then this one fell into my hands. Sometimes the depth of Rosen's erudition is hard to take, but then which would you prefer 5 watts or 50 watts per channel. Sure, this is probably more than I want to know right now, so I'll read it again later and it will probably be a different book by then. Rosen is no babysitter. This is a very great book, but it is also serious scholarship. If you don't want the brainburn associated with reading someone who comes to conclusions that are often over your head (I speak here from experience) get Allen's book or the Cliff notes and leave this one alone. Moreover, the style is scholarly dry as dust. I like that. If you don't leave this one alone. This is the best, more detailed and probably definite commentary on Plato and Eros (until someone comes out with a commentary on the Symposium and the Phaedrus together that matches this one in depth).