This discussion will be facilitated by Brian Berry, PhD.
It is an irony worthy of Socrates himself that one of Plato’s best-known dialogues is a philosophical approach to one of the most ephemeral of concepts: love. Does it make sense to conceive of love and beauty as platonic Forms, or is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder? Is it a topic better left in the hands of the poets? Might we more profitably read the Symposium not as a work of philosophy but as a work of literature, with Socrates as one of the great characters of the western canon?
Level 1: The Symposium http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1600/1600-h/1600-h.htm
(The introduction to the project gutenberg version is optional)
Level 2: Plato’s Aesthetics https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato-aesthetics/
Entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Particularly the first section (1.1–1.3) on Beauty.
Link to PDF of Pierre Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life. In this chapter, Hadot considers not the historical Socrates, but Socrates as a quasi-mythical figure, particularly in the Symposium. Chapter 5: The Figure of Socrates. pp. 147–70.