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Oeconomicus

A Social and Historical Commentary

Oeconomicus( )
Editor: Pomeroy, Sarah B.
Author: Xenophon,
Series title:Clarendon Paperbacks Ser.
ISBN:978-0-19-815025-1
Publication Date:Jul 1995
Publisher:Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Imprint:Clarendon Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $90.00
Book Description:

This is the first full-scale commentary on the work of a major Greek prose author. Xenophon's Oeconomicus is a discussion on the economics of running a household in ancient Athens. It is one of the richest primary sources for our understanding of the every day life and socio-economic history of Greece. It is also one of the very few contemporary writings to discuss the position of both women and slaves in antiquity. Providing invaluable source material, itincludes the original text, a...
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Book Details
Pages:400
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.382 x 8.346 x 0.936 Inches
Book Weight:1.21 Pounds
Author Biography
Xenophon (Editor)
Xenophon's life and personality is better known to us, perhaps, than that of any other Greek who lived before Alexander the Great. Much of his considerable output of historical writing and essays is frankly or implicitly autobiographical. He reveals himself as one of those many Athenians and other Greeks who turned to autocratic political models, including admiration of Persia, after the excesses of the Athenian democracy led to disaster in the Peloponnesian War. He also reveals himself as much more than a literary man and a critic of his times. A gentleman adventurer and something of a professional soldier, he followed in turn the philosopher Socrates, the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger, and the Spartan king Agesilaus, all of whom he wrote about with an air of close personal knowledge. His works include the autobiographical Anabasis, an account of his service with a mercenary Greek army that marched from Mesopotamia to the Black Sea after the defeat and death of the younger Cyrus. It provides the most detailed single perspective on the military practices and military mentality of Xenophon's age. His Hellenica, by contrast, is an impersonal continuation to the end of the Peloponnesian War of the work of Thucydides and a patchy memoir that concentrates on Sparta's fortunes until the definitive end of its power in 362 b.c. Xenophon's other major works are the Cyropaedia and the rambling Socratic dialogues known as the Memorabilia. The Cyropaedia is a fictional idealization of the career of Cyrus the Great, the only great conqueror known to the Greeks before Alexander. Often regarded merely as a novel, it is a species of a priori historical reconstruction. A retrojection of the military science and political values of the day into a largely unknown Persia of the past, it is intended to explain Cyrus's success on rational principles. The Memorabilia and the Socratic Apology that comes down with them contain nothing of philosophical value but are thought by some sch



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