"The Education of a Wife"
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This paper examines what Xenophon wrote which has become known as "The Education of a Wife". It discusses how Ischomachus inculcates his wife in the mysteries of adulthood for the wife and how in doing so, reveals the underlying structure of society and the way each person is expected to fit into that society. It evaluates how wife and husband have their roles, just as did her parents and just as Ischomachus and his wife will have when they become parents and have to make the same decisions about their daughter. It shows how Athenian society differs from our own in that the emphasis is not on the individual and individual desires and preferences but on ways to achieve social harmony by having each person perform in a way that serves the needs of the society, the family and finally themselves.
From the Paper:"In Athenian society, marriages are arranged by the parents, and the parents want only to find a husband suitable for their daughter, one who can give her a home and a place in the community. When the two are married, she is fifteen years old and is not yet schooled in how to run a household. This is something the husband instructs her about by explaining to her the importance of her job, the fact that it is a job she is suited for as a woman, that her job as just as important as his, that each of them is suited to a certain role in society, and that she must learn how to perform her job properly in order to serve the greater needs of the family and the community. The husband explains this to her patiently. He does not order her to take this role but instead convinces her of its importance and then helps her learn it."
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