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The Economist
The Economist
By Xenophon
Translation by H. G. Dakyns

Xenophon Index
THE ECONOMIST[1] A Treatise on the Science of the Household in the form of a Dialogue INTERLOCUTORS Socrates and Critobulus At Chapter VII. a prior discussion held between Socrates and Ischomachus is introduced: On the life of a "beautiful and good" man. In these chapters (vii.-xxi.) Socrates is represented by the author as repeating for the benefit of Critobulus and the rest certain conversations which he had once held with the beautiful and good Ischomachus on the essentials of economy. It was a tete-a-tete discussion, and in the original Greek the remarks of the two speakers are denoted by such phrases as {ephe o 'Iskhomakhos--ephen egio}--"said (he) Ischomachus," "said I" (Socrates). To save the repetition of expressions tedious in English, I have, whenever it seemed help to do so, ventured to throw parts of the reported conversations into dramatic form, inserting "Isch." "Soc." in the customary way to designate the speakers; but these, it must be borne in mind, are merely "asides" to the reader, who will not forget that Socrates is the narrator throughout--speaking of himself as "I," and of Ischomachus as "he," or by his name.-- Translator's note, addressed to the English reader.

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Book VII


Book IX

Book X

Book XI

Book XII


Book XIV

Book XV

Book XVI



Book XIX

Book XX

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