A Wife: A Good Partner

A Wife: A Good Partner

“My opinion is that when a wife is a good partner in the house, her contribution is just as beneficial as the husband’s. …if both of these jobs are done well the household flourishes; but if they are done badly, households suffer.” Socrates, in Xenophon, The Estate...
Marital Conversation

Marital Conversation

“Is there anyone to whom you speak less than to your wife?” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager Thomas Aquinas suggests that spouses ought to have the greatest of friendships. His central reason is that they share in the “whole course of daily life.” In...
The Secret of the Marriage Bed

The Secret of the Marriage Bed

Penelope: “If really he is Odysseus, truly home, beyond all doubt we two shall know each other …. There are secret signs we know, we two.” … Odysseus: “There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed—my handiwork and no one else’s! An old trunk of...
When a Daughter Gets Married

When a Daughter Gets Married

“When a festival goes as it should, men receive something that it is not in human power to give.” “In celebrating festivals festively, man passes beyond the barriers of this present life on earth.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I think I...
When a Daughter Gets Engaged

When a Daughter Gets Engaged

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of...

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