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

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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, and intellectual 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; popular religion; 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 readily accessible 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's studies.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 138.2 x 215.9 x 23.4mm | 517.1g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0198150253
  • 9780198150251
  • 1,918,313

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As its full title promises, it constitutes an invaluable supplement both to the study of Xenophon and to ancient social history. Discussion is well informed throughout, nad many fundamental questions arise for consideration regarding modern perceptions of the ancient economy. American Journal of Philology commendably simple and to the point...there are some nice touches. Greece and Rome The Oeconomicus has long lacked a satisfactory treatment by English speaking scholars. That situation has now been fully rectified by Pomeroy's elegant and scholarly edition...It is a superb volume and highly recommended. JACT review contains a handy text and a generally good translation, makes an important contribution to the knowledge of Xenophon's Oeconomicus and will provide a valuable reference for social and economic historians...It is of course well produced. 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 sources for 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 1999show more
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