Poroi - A New Translation

Author: Xenophon

Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Contribution to Scholarship
In Poroi, Xenophon examines the meaning of prosperity and its relationship to employment, consumption, and expenditure in a way that now one else would until John Maynard Keynes wrote The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. The observations of Xenophon and Keynes agree on many points. This study strives to clarify Xenophon’s importance as an economic thinker and the originator of the study of macroeconomics. Because the only readily available English translation of Poroi is Marchant’s Loeb edition, it provides a contemporary and accessible rendering of the Greek into English. This critical edition also incorporates recent scholarship and remedies some difficulties in the critical apparatuses of earlier editions. Facing page translations.


“This new text of Poroi is important not only for its improved text, but also for bringing to our attention the clear, though often overlooked, fact that the ancients understood the need for a vigorous economy, a sane immigration policy, and military readiness for the maintenance or regeneration of a properly functioning democracy. A real treat awaits the careful reader.” – Donald F. Jackson

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Foreword
Life of Xenophon
Context of the Poroi
Practicality of the Poroi
The Poroi and Macroeconomics
The Manuscripts of the Poroi
Text and Translation
Bibliography; Index