Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam

Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam : A Critical Edition, English Translation, and Study of Bryson's Management of the Estate

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Bryson's Management of the Estate (Oikonomikos Logos) offers advice on the key private concerns of the Roman elite: getting rich, managing slaves, love and marriage, and bringing up children. This estate owner is a farmer and a merchant, making his money through good and effective business. His wife is co-owner of the estate and their love promotes material prosperity. Their child needs twenty-four hour supervision in 'all his affairs'. Bryson's book was almost certainly written in the mid-first century AD, but survives mainly in Arabic. It had a profound effect on Islamic thinking on the economy and on marriage, but is virtually unknown to classicists. This new edition of the text together with the first English translation will appeal to Roman social and economic historians, students of imperial Greek literature and all those interested in the development of Greco-Roman thought in the Islamic empire of the Middle more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139178075
  • 9781139178075

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. English Translation of Bryson's Management of the Estate; Part II. Background: 1. Introduction; 2. Text and transmission; Part III. Economy: 3. Property; 4. Slaves; Appendix. Ibn Butlan's General Treatise on Slaves; Part IV. Family: 5. The wife; 6. The boy; Appendix I. 'Plato's Exhortation Concerning the Education of Young Men'; Appendix II. 'Letter of Theano to Euboule'; Part V. Texts and translations of more