Xenophon's Minor Works: Literally Translated from the Greek

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Bell, 1878 - 384 pages
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Page 99 - For the divinity has fitted the body and mind of the man to be better able to bear cold, and heat, and travelling, and military exercises, so that he has imposed upon him the work without doors ; and by having formed the body of the woman to be less able to bear such exertions, he appears to me to have laid upon her," said I,
Page 97 - Ischomachus, ' I would very gladly be permitted to ask you whether you instructed your wifs yourself, so that she might be qualified as she ought to be, or whether, when you received her from her father and mother, she was possessed of sufficient knowledge to manage what belongs to her.
Page 101 - ... out; and whatever should be laid by, you must take account of it and keep it safe, so that the provision stored up for a year, for example, may not be expended in a month. Whenever wool is brought home to you, you must take care that garments be made for those who want them. You must also be careful that the dried provisions may be in a proper condition for eating. One of your duties, however...
Page 102 - But you will experience the greatest of pleasures, if you show yourself superior to me, and render me your servant, and have no cause to fear that, as life advances, you may become less respected in your household, but may trust that, while you grow older, the better consort you prove to me, and the more faithful guardian of your house for your children, so much the more will you be esteemed by your family. 43. For what is good and honorable...
Page 101 - The law also shows that those things are more becoming to each which the divinity has qualified each to do with greater facility; for it is more becoming for the woman to stay within doors than to roam abroad, but to the man it is less creditable to remain at home than to attend to things out of doors. 31. And if any one acts contrary to what the divinity has fitted him to do, he will, while he violates the order of things, possibly not escape the notice of the gods, and will pay the penalty whether...
Page 99 - But it is the part of discreet people, as well husbands as wives, to act in such a manner that their property may be in the best possible condition, and that as large additions as possible may be made to it by honourable and just means." 16.
Page 107 - there is no other reason than that each article is deposited in its appointed place. 23. But if you should seek for a person, and sometimes even for one who is on his part seeking you, you would often give up the search in despair before you find him ; and for this there is no other cause, than that it is not appointed where the particular person is to await you.
Page 108 - And how, Ischomachus," said I, " did you arrange them for her ? " " What else could I do but determine upon showing her, in the first place, the capacity of the house? For it is not adorned with decorations, but the apartments in it are constructed with such a view that they may be as convenient receptacles as possible for the things that are to be placed in them; so that they themselves invite whatever is adapted for them respectively. 3. Thus the inner chamber, being in a secure part of the house,...
Page 88 - in whatever provinces he resides, and wheresoever he travels, he takes care that there may be gardens, such as are called paradeisoi,1 stocked with everything good and valuable that the soil will produce ; and in these gardens he himself spends the greatest part of his time, whenever the season of the year does not prevent him.
Page 102 - for they are indeed wretched, if they are thus employed.' " 41. " ' Some other of your occupations, my dear wife,' continued I, ' will be pleasing to you. For instance, when you take a young woman who does not know how to spin, and make her skilful at it, and she thus becomes of twice as much value to you. Or when you take one who is ignorant of the duties of a housekeeper or servant, and, having made her accomplished, trustworthy, and handy, render her of the highest value. Or when it is in your...

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