Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1988

Publication Source

Helios

Volume

15

Issue

1

Start Page

9

Last Page

22

Abstract

The dialogue between the model Athenian landowner Ischomachus and his wife recounted in Xenophon's Oeconomicus appears to offer a rare glimpse of the inner workings of an -ordinary Athenian household and a rare portrait of an ordinary Athenian wife. Through Ischoma­chus's report to Socrates of a series of conversations in which he instructed his wife in her proper activities. the dialogue provides both an account of the occupations of an Athenian wife and observations on her role in the household by both herself and her husband.

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Date Posted: 27 January 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.