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Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam
A Critical Edition, English Translation, and Study of Bryson's Management of the Estate

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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025363

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  • Bryson's Management of the Estate (Oikonomikos Logos) offers advice on the key private concerns of the Roman elite: getting rich, managing slaves, love and marriage, bringing up children. This estate owner is a farmer and a merchant, making his money through good and effective business. His wife is co-owner of the estate and their love promotes material prosperity. Their child needs twenty-four hour supervision in 'all his affairs'. Bryson's book was almost certainly written in the mid-first century AD, but survives mainly in Arabic. It had a profound effect on Islamic thinking on the economy and on marriage, but is virtually unknown to classicists. This new edition of the text together with the first English translation will appeal to Roman social and economic historians, students of imperial Greek literature and all those interested in the development of Greco-Roman thought in the Islamic empire of the Middle Ages.

    • A key new primary source for Roman social history translated into English for the first time
    • New textual material is presented both in the original languages and in translation
    • Contributes new evidence to the history of the text's reception in the Islamic world
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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025363
    • length: 585 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. English Translation of Bryson's Management of the Estate
    Part II. Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. Text and transmission
    Part III. Economy:
    3. Property
    4. Slaves
    Appendix. Ibn Butlān's General Treatise on Slaves
    Part IV. Family:
    5. The wife
    6. The boy
    Appendix I. 'Plato's Exhortation Concerning the Education of Young Men'
    Appendix II. 'Letter of Theano to Euboule'
    Part V. Texts and translations of Bryson.

  • Author

    Simon Swain, University of Warwick
    Simon Swain is Chair of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a number of well-known studies of the Greek literature of the Roman period and is co-editor (with Jaś Elsner and Stephen Harrison) of Severan Culture (Cambridge, 2007).

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