Oeconomicus: A Social and Historical Commentary, with a New English Translation

Paperback | June 1, 1995

EditorXenophonbySarah B. Pomeroy

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The Oeconomicus is unique in Greek literature in combining a discussion of the proper management of an oikos (`family', `household', or `estate') and didactic material on agriculture within a Socratic dialogue. It is one of the richest primary sources for the social, economic, andintellectual history of classical Athens. It contains valuable information and raises questions of perennial interest on marriage; the innate moral, physical, and mental qualities of men and women; the functioning of domestic and public economies; rural and urban life; Greek slavery; popularreligion; the role of education, and many other topics. Despite the current widespread interest in the subjects discussed in the Oeconomicus, this text has been largely neglected. In this book Professor Pomeroy provides a new translation to complement the Oxford Classical Text, and a comprehensive introduction and commentary, making the book readilyaccessible to those both with and without Greek. She covers a wide range of subjects including agriculture, philosophy, and social, military, intellectual, and economic history. It should be of special interest to scholars and students of classics, history, philosophy, as well as women'sstudies.

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The Oeconomicus is unique in Greek literature in combining a discussion of the proper management of an oikos (`family', `household', or `estate') and didactic material on agriculture within a Socratic dialogue. It is one of the richest primary sources for the social, economic, andintellectual history of classical Athens. It contains ...

Xenophon (c. 427-355 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, was a soldier, mercenary and an admirer of Socrates and is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of Greece. Sarah B. Pomeroy is at City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`Pomeroy's well-organized and comprehensive study, of value to a wide-range of readers, includes a wealth of material ... Pomeroy's book is not the definitive work on the Oeconomicus but rather something of more value: a study that opens up the economicus, 'one of the richest primary sourcesfor the social, economic, and intellectual history of classical Athens,' to the scrutiny it deserves, while providing the tools necessary for this task.'Patrick J. Bradley, The Westtown School, Classical World, June 1999