A review of xenophon and artistophanes oeconomicus and lysistrata

Because of this desire for control, when Greek women came of age, they passed from the control of their fathers to their husbands. The work covers a lot of ground, but contains much having to do with relations between husbands and wives.

Because husbands wanted their wives to be controlled first by their fathers, and then by them, women spent their entire lives under the control of men. However, Aristophanes was writing comedies so he exaggerated undesired characteristics to create the worst possible wives for comic effect.

You could sue to prove that another Athenian had more money than you, and thus ought to undertake the liturgy. He was an Athenian gentleman and conservative. The exaggeration illustrates why men wanted ignorant girls. In Lysistrata an opposite view of the education of girls is presented.

Ischomachos seemed to think his wife did not know anything he did not teach her. Because if a girl was, and after marriage her husband found out, he would be unsure of the paternity of his children. In order for a husband to be able to control his wife easily and so he would be able to teach her how he wanted her to run his household, girls were supposed to be kept as ignorant as possible before marriage.

When she kills her children in revenge, it is the final stage of her tragic loss of everything human and transformation into the fearsome witch that has little concern for humanity. She obviously did not leave her house much if her family was making an attempt to have her see and hear as little as possible.

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Have they in any way stayed the same? A wife who attempted to deceive her husband was very frightening for Greek men because men spent a great deal of their time away from home.

We want to start by offering the polis some good advice and rightly, for she raised me in splendid luxury. Because of this desire for control, when Greek women came of age, they passed from the control of their fathers to their husbands.

Like Plato and a number of others, Xenophon composed Socratic dialogues dialogues featuring Socrates as speaker. The list of religious festivals given by the chorus as evidence of their education contains service in five separate religious rites.

A husband wanted to be able to control his wife so she would run his household as he saw fit, so she did not damage his reputation, and so he knew the paternity of his children. Callias was frequently parodied in Athenian comedies for his sexual excesses and pseudo-intellectualism.

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In Lysistrata an opposite view of the education of girls is presented. Then as now, there could be senior and junior partners. In the Oeconomicus there is an example of a wife deceiving her husband that seems very benign.

She loves the children, but everything she does is in service of revenge, and the children are a necessary sacrifice. A husband wanted to be able to control his wife so she would run his household as he saw fit, so she did not damage his reputation, and so he knew the paternity of his children.

When she made a mistake, such as when she cannot find something that Ischomachos asks for, he took full responsibility for it because if he had not taught it to her she could not be expected to know it. So the experiences of girls in Lysistrata are exaggerated to make the girls appear more knowledgeable than they probably would be, and in Oeconomicus the girl is more ignorant than seems possible.Lefkowitz and Fant: ReadingXenophon's Oeconomicus.

According to Xenophon, what is a woman's role in the oikos? Where does she have authority? Where is it considered appropriate for her to have an influence in household decisions; This is the same Xenophon who wrote about Sparta in such a complimentary way.

Although Xenophon and Aristophanes were a part of the same society and wrote about Greek men’s desire for their wives to be closely controlled before and after marriage, they explored this desire in. Socrates’ inquiry into management, featured in Xenophon’s Oeconomicus, contains valuable insights still relevant to the contemporary world.

In that foundational. In Oeconomicus, Xenophon wrote about the ideal girl, but she was exaggerated in the direction of perfection. In the comedies, however, some the female characters were almost the exact opposite of the girl in Oeconomicus. Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata provides the audience with a comedic relief to one of the more pervading themes of war.

The Oeconomicus (Greek: Οἰκονομικός) by Xenophon is a Socratic dialogue principally about household management and agriculture. It is one of the earliest works on economics in its original sense of household management, and a significant source for the social and.

Xenophon and Aristophanes: The Results of a Husband’s Desire for Control In Greek society women had little control over their lives. A husband wanted to be able to control his wife so she would run his household as he saw fit, so she did not damage his reputation, and so he knew the paternity of .

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