Friday, January 06, 2006

Xanthippe

Xanthippe was Socrates' wife, whom he married late in life. He seems to have dumped all the responsibility for financing and maintaining the home on her. Looking at Socrates from Xanthippe's point of view would bring into play a whole bunch of issues generally neglected by Greek and later men. (Xenophon told stories portraying her as a shrew; above is a illustration from one of them, as printed in an edition of Plato from 1612.)

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