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Plato's Symposium defines two extremes in the process of platonic love; the entirely carnal and the entirely ethereal.
These two extremes of love are seen by the Greeks in terms of tragedy and comedy.
The offspring of true virtue would essentially lead to a mortal achieving immortality.
In short, with genuine platonic love, the beautiful or lovely other person inspires the mind and the soul and directs one's attention to spiritual things.
Pausanias, in Plato's Symposium (181b–182a), explained two types of love or Eros—Vulgar Eros or earthly love and Divine Eros or divine love.
In the Middle Ages arose a new interest in Plato, his philosophy and his view of love.
This was caused by Georgios Gemistos Plethon during the Councils of Ferrara and Firenze in 1438-1439.